One of the most impressive big men at the NIKE Camp held in Palo Alto, Calif., last Saturday was without question defensive tackle/tight end/offensive tackle Armond Armstead who according to his coach Joe Cattolico he measured at 6-foot-5 and half and weighed in at 287.
That wasn't the only thing he was impressive at, he also stood out in drills and was almost impossible to stop during the one-on-one drill. He showed good quickness for his size and moved well.
Armstead plays for a school that has only been in existence for three years and he will be part of the first senior class in the school history. Even though he played on a team with only sophomores and juniors, he still earned all-league honors after accounting for 49 tackles and one sack.
"Armond is very athletic for a big man," Cattolico said. "He played defensive tackle, offensive tackle, tight end and football for us as a junior. He will play more tight end as a senior so can use his size advantage over the opposition.
"Armond already has offers from Nevada, Fresno State and San Diego State," Cattolico said. "I'll let you in on a scoop, Arizona called and told me they are going to offer him today.
"Armond has a lot of interest from the entire Pac 10," Cattolico said. "Texas A&M and Nebraska are also showing interest from schools west of the Rockies.
"Washington and Washington State are both talking about offering Armond and now with his first Pac 10 offer we expect more. It seems to work that way with Pac 10 schools once one makes an offer others usually follow.
"Arizona State and Oregon were on campus this morning," Cattolico said. "Both UCLA and USC have been by the campus and are showing interest. Both schools were taking a look at him on Saturday.
"Armond could play on either side of the ball in college and has plenty of potential at both," Cattolico said. "He has the frame that colleges like to see in an offensive lineman.
"Armond is very open-minded regarding what position he plays on the collegiate level. He's looking for a program where he feels comfortable with the coaches and the school."