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Highly-touted recruit Arik Armstead chooses Oregon

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A well-documented recruitment for one of the most sought-after high school talents in the country has officially come to an end, barring any unforeseen changes, of course.

And, in the end, it was Oregon who came out the big winner for the playing services of defensive lineman Arik Armstead. The four-star recruit ( chose the Ducks this evening over Auburn, Cal, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC — where he was formerly committed and the home (for now) 0f older brother Armond — and Washington.

He was honest with me,” Armstead said of Oregon coach Chip Kelly. “They never talked bad about any other program. They recruited me without recruiting me.”

With signing day just a few days away, Oregon’s success might not be over, either. It’s thought that wherever Armstead went, so would¬†Sacramento safety Shaq Thompson, who is close with Armstead. Thompson was previously committed to Cal before it was announced that defensive assistant Tosh Lupoi was moving on to Washington.

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38 Responses to “Highly-touted recruit Arik Armstead chooses Oregon”
  1. mrslay1 says: Jan 29, 2012 7:00 PM

    Good for Armstead. Not that I am a Oregon fan, but in the pac 12 Oregon is by far the CLASS school. UCLA is certainly on the rise and Oregon state with Leach will be moving up quick. USC and their coach LAME WIMPIN will contend some this year but will never be a real power again with the coach they have. Wimpin had to be the worst hire in a long time for a program that likes to be looked on as speical. Of coarse Carrol proved to be no better with his cheating!

  2. missouriman4ever says: Jan 29, 2012 7:16 PM


    you obviously have no idea what your talking about. Oregon took over for USC while they were on “probation” we’ll call it. And yeah, Lane Kiffin has made some questionable decisions, but theres no denying that the man is one hell of a coach. Even with a loss of scholarships he still had USC while playing at a high level. And UCLA is one the rise? Did you see the game against USC? Probably not. They just fired their coach and hired a guy who couldn’t keep a job in the NFL. And on top of it all, Chip Kelly almost left Oregon and just lost his star rb and qb. USC is back. Learn the pac-12 before you make bold predictions

  3. missouriman4ever says: Jan 29, 2012 7:17 PM

    Oh and Oregon states head coach is Mike Riley. Its Washington State who hired Mike Leach

  4. teddy1943 says: Jan 29, 2012 7:26 PM

    You sound like a hanger on, flip flopper, who is ever running hot! Trojan fans are for life, just wonder
    if you even know class your in, a school like Oregon
    deserves better than you!!!

  5. addict2sport says: Jan 29, 2012 7:34 PM

    mrslay1: good things these posts are anonymous. Had your identity been confirmed with that post you would have embarrassed your entire family.

  6. mrslay1 says: Jan 29, 2012 7:36 PM

    I obviously do know what I’m talking about and the FACT that Lame wimpin is pitiful is no prediction. He would be nowhere with out his father. The game between UCLA and usc last year has nothing to do with a new coach and team being on the rise. Pitiful fans trying to defend a now pitiful program with a more pitiful coach. He made his own reputation as did usc from the pete carrol era of pay for play.
    It is a shame for the school but you get what you hire. AND THAT IS NO PREDICTION…JUST FACT!!!

  7. addict2sport says: Jan 29, 2012 7:38 PM

    mrslay1: that’s twice now.

  8. nashvilletrojan says: Jan 29, 2012 7:45 PM

    he would’ve been a good recruit but I wouldn’t shed any tears. The Kiffins are actually fine coaches and can develop any number of recruits. The poster who slammed Kiffins is obviously a SEC bumbkin since his 3 points are all ludicrous.

    1 – Oregon is suspect. ask Willie Lyles and the NCAA.

    2- UCLA? rising? huh? maybe 4 wins.

    3 – Leach at Oregon State? huh?

    I live in SEC country and outside their own conference they are fairly ignorant.

  9. missouriman4ever says: Jan 29, 2012 7:49 PM

    Does his father recruit the players, call the plays, or hire the assistants? No. Kiffin is a good coach. That’s a fact. And once again, UCLA is not on the rise. They won the pac-12 south by default. And if Lane Kiffin in your mind is a bad/pitiful coach, how bad was Rick Neuhiesel?

    Your starting to embarrass yourself man. Although, your post are highly entertaining. So continue if you please. Because I could use a good laugh or two

  10. coachroy says: Jan 29, 2012 8:02 PM

    Keep up all this negative crap. Nothing matters except the final scores this fall. We Trojans will do ou talking with ou helmets and shoulder pads! The rest of this chatter is just that. See you on the field of glory!

  11. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Jan 29, 2012 8:19 PM

    Yes he’s obviously an SEC fan!!! How you came up with that conclusion is amazing …. That’s deductive reasoning at its best.

  12. bigd222222 says: Jan 29, 2012 9:49 PM

    @missouriman4ever says:

    Actually Oregon beat USC before they were put on probation, and had been beating them at home for a while. USC then beat them this year, so stick to ya conference and quit talking like you now the PAC 12.

    Nice get for Oregon, will play on the DL not OL though. He’s also a 5* by Scout.

  13. crazyfootballfun says: Jan 29, 2012 9:50 PM

    USC and the ducks will be fighting it out next year…expect both to have great yrs. Am not an Sc fan, but i don’t know how anyone can say Kiffin hasn’t done a great job with usc. He kept the kids motivated and working hard when all they had to work for was their own satisfaction, not an easy thing to do with kids. Kudos to him and hopefully both the ducks and sc will be in the top 5 next year. And now that we know that it is ok for 2 teams from the same league to play for the national championship, why couldn’t it be 2 teams from the Pac 12 like these 2 ?

  14. mrnorcaltrojan says: Jan 29, 2012 10:03 PM

    mrslay1 please learn how to spell before you bash anyone’s program. It helps. trust me. As for USC, #6 ranked team in the country for 2011/12, please get your facts straight or at least up your college football IQ. Kiffin did a great job with what was given. Exceeded expectations. And for all you duck fans, we’ll put our National Championships and Heismans up against yours…oh never mind. FIGHT ON!

  15. mrslay1 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:13 PM

    Learn to think before you write. usc was not ranked anywhere that counts. BCS and Coaches poll are it. Only Ap ranks the pay for play cheaters, or is that to much to understand for a usc fan?

  16. pdcooper08 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:15 PM

    @mrslay1: Your a joke, I shouldn’t even waist my time responding. But really, Ucla is on the rise, really. And M. Leach and he’s Beavers will be moving up quick. Guess what, he is the head coach at Washington St. Plus you need talented players to compete to actually win a game, they have neither.

    As far as trashing Lane Kiffin, get a life. Just listen and watch. If he fails in the future, you can run your trap. For now, he is heads and tails above what ever you are building up. And Carroll’s the cheater. Your really lost.

  17. mrslay1 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:16 PM

    And by the way I am not a Duck fan. To be sure I see most of the peewee 12 games. Need something to do after all the games that matter are over on game day!

  18. coachroy says: Jan 29, 2012 10:24 PM

    See you in the field. We will settle this there! You are very naive about what really goes on in college football!

  19. pdcooper08 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:45 PM

    @mrslayloser. I wrote to soon. I finally read all of the post and your really a joke of a person. I think I got you figured though. Your a loser Whocla fan aren’t you.

    About the polls. Again, are you really serious. Do you think anyone was going to give SC any credit last year while they where on sanctions and couldn’t go to a bowl game. Not until the end of the year after they worked everyone but Stanford.

    Do you remember the score, 59-0. I was at the game and at half, actually felt bad for the poor little bruin fans.

    Kiffin’s record so far speaks for it’s self. You on the other hand, are a funny person with very little knowledge of college football. There’s no way your a SEC fan, they might not know Pac 12 football that well, but in general, they know there stuff.

  20. mrslay1 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:59 PM

    What I remember is that whining usc coach carrol in 2003 for not being given a championship that LSU earned. Then doing everything possible to dodge Auburn the next year to win one and then getting beat in there own house the next year by Texas. You are the JOKE, like most all usc fans. Of coarse the 1 championship (GIVEN) to them was stripped from the pay for play team. Call me what you want dumbass the facts are what they are. And no, your typical liberial California ways of trying to change the subject will not work on the truth. What joke you all are. California, THE LIBERIAL STATE OF LOSERS!

  21. pdcooper08 says: Jan 29, 2012 11:19 PM

    Your the joke msslaymaker. Pete had something to do about dodging an Auburn game? I don’t recall that one. I do recall though, that the last two time the Trojans did play auburn, they didn’t just beat them, the worked them horrible. Where you a college fan that far back loser? Do you recall that one msslaymaker?

    Nice, here we go with the good old fashion SEC talk. We are now going to change the subject and go after out political beliefs. Loser, who cares.

    You keep leaving clues to who and what u are. You may live in the South, but your still no SEC fan. Maybe a bitter little UT fan, but that’s about it.

  22. mrslay1 says: Jan 29, 2012 11:27 PM

    Who could ever be bitter about usc. Peons at best. You are the only ones that think you matter…anywhere! The Joke of college football and the country with Lame wimpin as it’s leader:-):-):-)

  23. mrnorcaltrojan says: Jan 29, 2012 11:33 PM

    wow. is it mr. slay 1 or mrs. lay 1, because you really laid a turd with this last post. now you wanna take on the whole state of California. Okay.

    I have more respect for other conferences then to try and tie you to one, so i’m gonna guess you’re just a sad person. probably suck at madden or ncaa 12. hate everything cooler than you. Love you some limbaugh and Palin. And probably think reality TV is real.

    and Losers? California? Really? If you’re under 40, no team has won more NBA Rings than the Lakers. 49ers got, what? 5 Super Bowl trophies (no defeats), Raiders 3 trophies, Oakland As, Dodgers, Angels, Giants all world champs…UCLAs multitude of NCAA b-ball crowns. but let me cut to the chase. USC Trojans! hate all ya want, but you cannot deny the tradition, the pageantry, the legacy that is USC football. Much respect to the Buckeyes, Sooners, Crimson Tide, Longhorns, Fighting Irish, Tigers, and Wolverines. And will always back the PAC10/12.

  24. pdcooper08 says: Jan 29, 2012 11:34 PM

    Your bitter Tea bagger, cuz u can’t stop commenting about it.

    Look, we are sorry your coach left you empty handed and you felt betrayed and lied to. It’s been 3 years now. You got a great coach now that keeps all his assistants every year. Get over it loser.

    Perhaps UT will take up SC’s offer and go a head and schedule that home and away we all can’t wait to see.

  25. coachdeforrest says: Jan 29, 2012 11:51 PM

    Hey, all I want to say is GREAT CHOICE ARMSTEAD. Like DeAnthony Thomas you used your own mind and looked at all your options. It has served DeAnthony well. With Byron Marshall, DeForest Buckner, and Jake Rodrigues signing on as well Oregon is only going to improve. They have not had all the luxury of buying up all the top talent in the Nation and have still beat USC. Someone said USC fan for life: I say I have green blood and was sitting in the stands when Oregon was 2-8!!!! I seen several games this year that USC played. Why were the stands not filled to capacity every game.

    Just because you live in Media Meccca and get all the exposure and have no idea what happen outside your area does not mean you are better fans.
    One of the best rules the NCAA ever came up with was limiting scholarships. That way USC couldn’t buy everyone up all the time.

    Yes, the days of old are starting to fade each and every year. USC has road the bought success in years prior for everything it is worth.

    Probably drives you crazy we got family like Uncle Phil!! Yes, family. We here in Oregon may be versatile on a lot of different subjects but we are all family and have green blood when it comes to our football programs.

    Now we are starting to ride on our EARNED SUCCESS!! Trust me, media, geographics, and tradition has not served us well.

    Now we are getting a little tradition of our own.

    Love these blogs and your hatin a$$’s

  26. mrnorcaltrojan says: Jan 30, 2012 12:29 AM

    Okay oregon. first rose bowl victory in 95 years and now you wanna talk about tradition? that’s funny. have great season next year and let’s see what’s up in the championship game.

  27. coachdeforrest says: Jan 30, 2012 12:48 AM


    If that’s the best you got, OK!!

    I know there is a lot Killing you USC fans.

    Come next year, win or loose for either team, it will be a good game.

    That is the point.

    Oh in the last 10 years, how many
    PAC 10 championships has Oregon won??
    USC?? Oh, you can’t count them cuz of the, well you know!!

    Had they not bought them, who would have won the PAC 10 in their stead. OREGON.

    OH, I guess we just did something elE nobody had done before if I go it right:


    I don’t know what you USC fans would be saying down there had you done that.

    But for for Oregon, we will take it, its a start of greater things to come.


  28. mrnorcaltrojan says: Jan 30, 2012 1:34 AM

    Coach. Win a National Championship. Just One. Win one. Period. Heisman. Just one. Then we’ll talk. One National Championship. In fact, it doesn’t have to be football. Since you’re on the interwebs, I know you can Wiki. USC dominates Oregon in all things Pac10/12.

    But it’s cool. It’s cool. Y’all got the fly uniforms. The chrome thing was tight. I was rooting for the Ducks in the BCS. Not that much of a hater. I just say, know your history. Have a great season. And we look forward to meeting up in L.A.

    Peace. And Fight On!

  29. norcalirish says: Jan 30, 2012 7:18 AM


    As much as I HATE usc…they’re legit. Gonna be a tough challenge next year.

    Cheers, and GO IRISH.

  30. xtremesportsmaniac says: Jan 30, 2012 8:47 AM

    Great pick up for Oregon although his ceiling as and OL is way higher than his ceiling as a DL. I read somwhere he only had 4 sacks this season. That is far from 5 star talent.

    Given the academic status of the schools he was seriously considering throughout the process (USC, CAL , ND) I am a bit surprise the chose Oregon.

  31. uscatjerseyshore says: Jan 30, 2012 8:53 AM

    “Armstead” said Kelly was “honest with him”. So did he mention anything about the potential forthcoming NCAA sanctions for recruiting? Considering that athletic officials are often vulnerable when the findings are serious. In recent cases involving USC, Ohio State and North Carolina, one head football coach changed jobs ahead of sanctions, one resigned and one was fired. Boise State fired its longtime athletic director amid an NCAA inquiry.

    Will Kelly survive? Probably not. He’ll be gone as soon as the right NFL situation surfaces.

  32. meetitisisetitdown says: Jan 30, 2012 12:19 PM

    Mrslay1 are you a comedy writer? Your stuff is hysterical! UCLA is on the rise? Well, after 50-0, there is no where else to go but up.

  33. coachroy says: Jan 30, 2012 3:33 PM

    I simply do not understand you. USC has been at the top of college football except for our years with Paul Hackett for a long time. Our tradition of going to the Rose Bowl and wining more times than any college in the PAC 12 is beyond reproach. You are simply what most have written, either a comedian, completely out of touch or in need of some medical attention in the cerebral area. How many Heisman Trophies has your team gotten, National Championships, etc? Get all your facts right before posting on something like this. You make a fool of yourself. FYI, USC has decided to schedule more challenging games with our non-conference games, so look for our strength of schedule to go up. We more games with people like Notre Dame!

  34. coachroy says: Jan 30, 2012 3:36 PM

    FYI, I meant we want more games with people like ND.

  35. mrslay1 says: Jan 30, 2012 4:20 PM

    What you have done in the long ago past has nothing to do with my post. I have sunk to the level of some of these replys and I am sorry for that. What Pete Carrol did to the USC program was use the day’s of old to produce a program that was much the same as SMU of the 80’s. Because of who they were in days gone by, they got off way to easy as did Ohio state. Lane Kiffin has earned his reputation, before Tenn. at Tenn. and now at USC. His father is a true gentleman and is well deserving of His reputation. What his son has done in the clear spotlight of his career, arrogant, cocky and starting trouble with his big mouth everywhere he goes. Can you really say that what he represents is what you want in our youth of today? I would hope that a institution like USC, and after the scandle of Pete Carrol, would want to put something out there that COULD be respected. A man like Lane Kiffin can never do that.

  36. coachroy says: Jan 30, 2012 4:32 PM

    You are a waste of time to respond to.

  37. uschawk says: Jan 30, 2012 5:07 PM

    Mrslay if Carroll was such a cheater and all this pay for play that you allege for USC then how come Carroll didn’t get a show-cause penalty? If he’s such a cheater shouldn’t he have gotten one like sweater vest? Oh that’s right he didn’t because the NCAA found zero evidence that Carroll did anything wrong. You sound like a butt-hurt UT fan that still can’t get over the fact that Lane left to coach SC. Get over it and you’ll feel better. SC got hammered because Reggie Bush took money and gifts from a would be agent. USC didn’t and doesn’t pay for play. Also under Mike Garrett they tried to stonewall the NCAA investigation. That’s why they’re on sanctions now. I can see why you would hate Carroll and Kiffin for all the success they brought USC. If a top 10 AP finish and a pre season top 5 ranking with the Heisman favorite is no longer being a power then it’s good to be a Trojan.

    Good luck to Armstead and Oregon. It’s good to see the PAC get stronger.

  38. pdcooper08 says: Jan 30, 2012 7:20 PM

    Well said USChawk…

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