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Armstead planning to take visits

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Arik Armstead has been committed to USC since June 2010 but the Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove defensive end said he plans to take official visits to other schools before National Signing Day.
The 6-foot-8, 285-pound Armstead is a standout defensive end and offensive tackle who shined this past weekend in Pleasant Grove's victory over Monterey Trail. He has not set any official visit dates but said he absolutely will be taking trips.
"I'm most definitely going to take some visits," Armstead said.
"I have to sit down and figure out when I have some time during the season so I'll most definitely do that."
Eight schools are under consideration for visits as Armstead named Arkansas, Arizona, Alabama, Notre Dame, Nevada and USC as possible destinations.
The four-star recruit said he's not sure if Miami is still being considered. The eighth school might be Cal since Armstead has had a lot of communication with that program through the years.
A set number of visits has not been determined either so whether Armstead takes all five official visits or just a couple is not settled.
"That's not necessarily the plan," Armstead said about taking all of his visits. "With my season I have to figure out how much time I have and figure out what I want to do.
"Guys take trips for different reasons. I'm taking my trips because I've heard about some places that are very special and I want to go take a look at them."
Armstead, rated as the third-best strong-side defensive end in the 2012 class and the fourth-best player in the California state rankings by Rivals.com, said he's looking forward to playing defense for assistant coach Ed Orgeron at USC.
But if another school piques his interest then he wants to leave his options open before he makes any final determinations.
"I'm still solid to SC but I want to look at some places and we'll see what happens," Armstead said. "I'm still committed to SC though."
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