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Miami ATH holds handful of early offers

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This spring, college coaches made their way to Miami (Fla.) Varela to check in on class of 2011 prospects such as Undray Clark and others. The Vipers have a strong class of seniors returning, so plenty of recruiters stopped by for spring practice.
When there, many of them took notice of a then-sophomore, athlete Jordan Armstrong. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound class of 2012 prospect does a little bit of everything for Varela and it piqued the interests of several coaches in attendance. In fact, he did enough to garner a handful of early offers.
"I've been offered by Kansas, Virginia Tech, FIU, Maryland and Minnesota," Armstrong said. "They came during spring football. The coaches came down to our school to watch a couple of our seniors and I guess they noticed me and decided to offer me."
Though he primarily played quarterback as a sophomore, colleges differ on where they see Armstrong lining up at the next level.
"Right now I'm playing quarterback, wide receiver and free safety," he said. "A couple of schools have said they like me at receiver and some of them said DB. I can play corner, too. I've been a man-coverage corner type but, right now, they have me at safety because our corners are real strong."
Though it is still a long way from signing day for Armstrong, he admits to having more of a connection with one school than the others.
"I don't really talk to the most of the coaches yet," he said. "I've called the Kansas coach, coach (Robert) Wimberly, a couple of times. He's the only coach I've really called and kept in contact with."
"Right now I would say Kansas, they're sticking out to me the most. They've shown the most interest in me right now. It's still way early and everything, though."
The hometown Miami Hurricanes are a favorite of his family, though.
"I've always grown up watching Miami," Armstrong said. "They're the local team. My family, they're Hurricane fans. They came down in the spring, but I haven't really talked to them."
However, it is another in-state program that has the full attention of Armstrong at the moment.
"Actually, I'm more of a Florida State guy," he said. "I like Florida State. I really just like the tradition, Bobby Bowden. He's my favorite coach. I've always like rooting for Florida State.
"It would be a blessing to hear from Florida State. I would love to go over there. I haven't heard anything from any other schools (besides the ones that have offered) right now."
Armstrong has not made it to any camps this summer and, as of this moment, he has no plans to do so. He is instead focusing on the upcoming season.
"I haven't been to any camps," he said. "I was supposed to go to a Florida State camp, but I didn't end up being able to go. I've just been focusing on this upcoming football season. My junior year is really important and we have a chance to do something good this year. Maybe going into my senior year I'll go to more camps."
As a sophomore this past season, Armstrong earned Honorable Mention all Miami-Dade county honors at the quarterback position. He passed for 1,357 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for an additional 652 yards and seven scores.
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