Arik Armstead commits to Oregon
Arik Armstead committed to Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks on Sunday, officially ending the suspense over his recruitment. The 5-star defensive end was an early USC verbal before de-committing and re-opening his recruitment in October. Since that time, there were few signs to indicate a direction he might be leaning. But using the old proverb “Blood is thicker than water”, it was already clear that the Trojans were out of the running.
Arik’s older brother, Armond, enrolled at USC in 2008 and is currently seeking a transfer. The program’s refusal to issue medical clearance for an undisclosed illness inevitably played a role in that decision. Likewise, it’s that same circumstance that pushed the younger brother away from Southern California and into the arms of a conference foe.
Cal was originally thought to be the leader of the Armstead sweepstakes, after his change of heart for the Trojans. A shake-up in the Bears staff may have changed that, leaving the door wide open for others to enter.
In a ceremony held at the House of Christian Church, Armstead aligned 6 hats before making his decision. The hats represented each school that peaked his interest and his respect for those programs. The ceremony would end with him placing the Ducks baseball cap on his head.
For the second time in as many years, USC losses have been Oregon gains. 5-star De’Anthony Thomas shockingly committed to Oregon last February, after being a long time USC verbal.