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08:35 AM ET 01.27 | Six-foot-eight, 295-pound Arik Armstead has a big decision to make. On Tuesday, Auburn and coach Gene Chizik stopped by the Armstead's Elk Grove home for a visit. On Wednesday, Cal and the defensive staff stopped by. Then it was USC with Lane Kiffin, waving an Armstead jersey playfully (and no, Armstead couldn't keep the jersey). [Thursday] it was Chip Kelly and Oregon that stopped by for a home visit. And just now, Armstead and his father Guss left a nearby hotel where Washington coach Steve Sarkisian and six other coaches -- an army -- put on a power-point display in a rented conference room. ... Now is the time to think and choose between Cal, Oregon, Washington, Auburn, USC and UCLA.

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January 27, 2012  08:53 AM ET

Massive.

January 27, 2012  09:07 AM ET

6-8 295 is actually not all that massive (as in fat massive).

BTW was in the air a lot yesterday and got back late. Thanks for everyone who commented on the SDSU article. Maybe SDSU can get a pipeline going from USC, including this kid in 3 or 4 years....

Its a win-win mostly, USC gets a scholarship, SDSU gets a good player, and the player gets time on field (and stays in SOCAL). Since USC and SDSU don't play each other more than once every 10 years or so (always wondered UCLA and USC don't play SDSU more since the travel is so easy) its not like USC even has to worry about the players coming back to play them like they would if ASU or UCLA got the cast-offs.

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January 27, 2012  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

6-8 295 is actually not all that massive (as in fat massive). BTW was in the air a lot yesterday and got back late. Thanks for everyone who commented on the SDSU article. Maybe SDSU can get a pipeline going from USC, including this kid in 3 or 4 years....Its a win-win mostly, USC gets a scholarship, SDSU gets a good player, and the player gets time on field (and stays in SOCAL). Since USC and SDSU don't play each other more than once every 10 years or so (always wondered UCLA and USC don't play SDSU more since the travel is so easy) its not like USC even has to worry about the players coming back to play them like they would if ASU or UCLA got the cast-offs.

You need to bring a note from home for your absence upon your return to school. :)

January 27, 2012  09:11 AM ET

Arik Armstead has a handler, I believe.

January 27, 2012  09:16 AM ET

Don't these parent-orchestrated "auctions" of a teen-age athlete often result in the kid leaving the school his parent choses?
It also tends to inflate the heads of an adolescent and delays his coming to terms with the realities of the adult world.

January 27, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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No. Arik.

Perhaps Massive is his middle name and that's what he goes by.

January 27, 2012  09:18 AM ET

What, no Aubie limo? Guess Chiz is going cheap these days.

January 27, 2012  09:19 AM ET
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Perhaps Massive is his middle name and that's what he goes by.

At that size, he can go by whatever name he wants. I don't care if he's not the MOST massive guy, he's plenty massive enough.

January 27, 2012  09:29 AM ET
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At that size, he can go by whatever name he wants. I don't care if he's not the MOST massive guy, he's plenty massive enough.

I'm not going to tell him any different.

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January 27, 2012  09:36 AM ET
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Thats why he will end up at Aubie.. with his Brother

Good one!

January 27, 2012  10:29 AM ET
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At that size, he can go by whatever name he wants. I don't care if he's not the MOST massive guy, he's plenty massive enough.

He is a big dude now, my point was that he will end up in the 330-350 lb range if he proportions out like the average offensive lineman (and at his height he probably will need to as his center of gravity will be higher than almost everyone he lines up against).

I'm 6-5 and (other than a big lack of talent) was fairly light in HS (200lbs) and would have been a much better player with 40 or 50 extra pounds.

January 27, 2012  10:29 AM ET

I beginning to think that Notre Dame is better off without this kid-just saying!

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January 27, 2012  10:55 AM ET
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He is a big dude now, my point was that he will end up in the 330-350 lb range if he proportions out like the average offensive lineman (and at his height he probably will need to as his center of gravity will be higher than almost everyone he lines up against).I'm 6-5 and (other than a big lack of talent) was fairly light in HS (200lbs) and would have been a much better player with 40 or 50 extra pounds.

Agreed. I was thinking his current weight and height made him a good DE but not that great for an OL.

January 27, 2012  11:21 AM ET

When I consider a LeBron James is like 6'8'' / 250 and he is a big dude , I would consider this guy massive. Especially since he'll put on an extra 40 to 50lbs before he finishes school.

January 27, 2012  11:36 AM ET
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Agreed. I was thinking his current weight and height made him a good DE but not that great for an OL.

For some reason I thought he was being recruited as an OL type. For DE he is OK now and 20-30 lbs probably won't slow him down much either.

 
January 27, 2012  11:54 AM ET

He'll surprise everyone and announce for Tennessee.

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