January 27, 2013

Armstrong commits to Wake

Orlando (Fla.) Olympia all-purpose back John Armstrong committed to Wake Forest at breakfast with Tom Elrod and Jim Grobe Sunday morning, Jan. 27.

Armstrong, who was at Wake for his official visit, said he got a surprising look from Elrod and a hug from Grobe, and that he is 100-percent committed to the Demon Deacons.
Elrod was Armstrong's primary recruiter for the Deacs.

Armstrong spent a significant amount of time with Elrod and Grobe during his time at Wake Forest.

"He's [Elrod] from Florida," Armstrong said. "We all get along, so it was kind of easy to commit with him. He's a good guy. I know he'll take care of me while I'm there."

"I don't plan on playing a lot with the really committing, de-committing, committing again. I really don't find that cool. While I was here it felt like home. A lot of the Florida guys took me around. I love the coaches. I know they'll take care of me."

The 5-foot-7 and 170-pound Sunshine State product has also been receiving interest from Illinois, South Alabama and South Florida lately.

He chose Wake over scholarship offers from Buffalo, Duke, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Illinois, Iowa State, Northern Illinois, South Alabama and Temple.

He is most excited about the environment at Wake Forest, its smaller class size, better interaction with students and professors, and the opportunity to show his skill on the field at the collegiate level.

Demon Deacon backup quarterback and fellow Floridian Kevin Sousa was Armstrong's host during his official visit to Wake.

"It [my official visit] went great," Armstrong said. "[I] toured the school, drove around town [to] see what was here, went to a couple of parties with the boys, met a lot of the teammates, [and] ate a lot."

He added all of the players from Florida that Wake Forest has made an impact on his decision to choose the Deacs.

"They all told me what it was like," Armstrong said. "It was pretty cool chilling with those boys."

Armstrong, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, said Wake's coaches plan to use him as a slot receiver, running back and in the Wildcat, which is how he was employed in Olympia's offensive attack.

He rushed for 980 yards and 20 touchdowns, and amassed 260 yards and three touchdowns receiving.

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