Congratulations! It’s a Quarterback…
Prep Signal Caller Tommy Armstrong Pledges to NU
Sometimes, landing a prized football recruit might feel a little bit like the labor and delivery process for coaches and fans. That child is so full of promise. The optimism is so high when the big day finally arrives. You can hardly stand the waiting. You labor, and wait, and labor. Then, it happens. A new Husker is born. Right? Okay, maybe it's not quite that extreme. But it is getting close. Few positions are a valued as a quarterback, for good reason. And, most teams only take one or two per class. Getting a verbal commit from one is a big deal. For Nebraska, this morning brings the news that Texas signal caller Tommy Armstrong picked the Huskers.
Armstrong (goodness, is there a better name for a quarterback?) visited Nebraska for their game against Washington this weekend. He came away impressed enough to choose Nebraska over several schools interested in him - including Missouri, Georgia Tech, Oregon and TCU. Consider that list of schools and it gives you a sense of the kind of athlete Nebraska is getting.
The recruiting services think highly of the 6'2'' 190 pound Armstrong, with both Scout.com and Rivals.com listing him as a 3-star prospect and among the top 20 players at his position. Armstrong is a legit dual-threat quarterback, listing 4.5 second 40 yard speed on his resume.
His production on the field is more important than his offer list or his measureables. As a junior, he threw for more than 1,300 yards and 19 touchdowns (against just two interceptions) while rushing for 500 yards and eight touchdowns. He led his team - Steele high school in Cibolo, TX (outside of San Antonio) - to a 5A state championship last season. This is a kid who has led his team against quality talent on a big stage. He has been around big expectations.
When you look at film of Armstrong, it is obvious how he fits in to the new Nebraska style of offense. He is a capable thrower both on quick throws over the middle and when he is on the move. He can run the zone read as well as the down-the-line option. This appears to be an excellent schematic fit for Tim Beck.
Armstrong becomes the seventh member of what most believe will be a small recruiting class for Nebraska. With only a dozen or so scholarships to hand out, there is a premium to every commit the Huskers get. Armstrong is an important addition to the class. But, NU might not be done with recruiting the quarterback position. They are still actively recruiting Alonzo Moore of Louisiana and Devin Fuller of New Jersey, both dual-threat quarterback prospects.
Will Nebraska have twins this recruiting cycle? Even if they don't, there are lots of reasons to be happy about their new bouncing baby boy.