August 5, 2010
Hokies in pursuit of rising 2012 ATH
The Hokies have entered the 2012 class a bit with a few offers to date. While they haven't put out too many verbal scholarships at this point, a select group of prospects have landed a Virginia Tech offer including a rising out-of-state athlete.
"I've got offers from Florida International, Kansas, Virginia Tech, Minnesota and Maryland," Miami (Fla.) Felix Varela rising junior athlete Jordan Armstrong said. "I kind of was surprised by the offers, I'm still young and I know they are verbal and not allowed to offer me a real scholarship yet. They are all really interested though and it's a real boost on my confidence, I wasn't expecting to get the offers this early."
Although Armstrong is intrigued by the scholarships already out, he still hasn't landed one from his favorite team.
"My favorite school is Florida State, but I watch everybody in college football," he said. "I've always been a fan of Coach Bowden and Florida State. I just like the tradition and how he is a Christian man and has the same morals as me. They also always have a lot of players that go to the NFL and are a winning program."
Meanwhile, does Armstrong know much about Virginia Tech?
"Virginia Tech is a good school," he said. "I liked watching them when they had Michael Vick and now Tyrod Taylor. I was surprised they offer, I don't see how I caught their attention, but they are a big school and that's a blessing right there. Virginia Tech is an ACC football school and I like that."
Armstrong hasn't given a lot of thought to college to date, but discussed a bit about what he wants in his future home.
"You know, I'm just looking for a school that really graduates a lot of football players. I'd like to finish all four years and graduate," he said. "I want a team with a good history of winning and one that fits the type of talent I have. I want a school with good morals, I'm not just looking for a big name, I want somewhere that represents what I stand for."
Armstrong has a bit of a unique background as he was born in Syracuse, N.Y. before moving to Miami. Although he plays for Felix Varela, he is homeschooled by his mother.
"I've been home schooled my whole life, my mom has been doing this for a long time as I have three brothers and sisters," he said. "Some coaches I've spoken to like the fact I'm home schooled, although it's a lot more paperwork eligibility wise.
"In addition, my father is a pastor and missionary, so I've been raised on good morals my whole life. Wherever I go, I look to be a good influence on everybody and a good example to my teammates."
On the football field, Armstrong helped his team a year ago to a 5-5 record as he displayed the ability to play numerous positions.
"I think my biggest ability is that I'm willing to play any position I can in college," he said. "A lot of college coaches have talked about wide receiver or defensive back for the most part."
Armstrong finished his sophomore season with over 2,000-yards of offense and 22 touchdowns.
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