Black tape on the cleats - this is never not cool. Unless you're a white guy with a beer gut sporting it in flag football.
So it's not exactly breaking news anymore and I confess to being lulled to sleep by Nebraska's somewhat "deliberate" pace in garnering commitments for the 2012 class. And also maybe the enjoyment of adult beverages that some nannies and many alcoholism questionnaires might term excessive.
However, I feel it is my duty to Corn Nation to report that 11 days ago, Tommy Armstrong became the seventh recruit to verbally commit to Nebraska's 2012 class. In a related story, the Pacific Continental Plate advanced west 2 centimeters taking ground at roughly the same speed that this class is coming together.
OK, now I'm just being snotty. Let's face it, a class of 25 with a couple new names rolling in each week is much more exciting. However, Armstrong is a nice grab at a position that is sorely lacking in depth and he may not be the last. (Devin Fuller!! cough, cough)
Our quarterback situation is not a pretty sight after Taylor Martinez and Brion Carnes. Unless you're a Westside grad who's convinced that Ron Kellogg III is currently being screwed at 3rd on the depth chart. There's a reason that we hear reports of Jamal Turner taking snaps in practice, that reason being you will not see Kellogg trotting out there if Taylor blows another ankle and Brion's appendix bursts two snaps later.
Armstrong, from Steele High in Cibolo, TX, is 6'2" 210 and listed as having a 4.5 forty time. Last year he completed 51% of his passes for 1300 yards and also rushed for 552 on 110 carries. Nothing eye popping there, but he did throw 19 TD's versus only 2 INT's. He appears to be on a similar pace this season going 26-45 600 yds, 9TD 0 INT and 37-362 rushing thru five games.
Rivals.com lists him as a 3-star recruit and the 16th best dual-threat QB nationally. He is also rated as the 90th best player in Texas. Last year, Steele went 14-2 and won the 5A D2 State Championship. They are 5-0 thus far in 2011.
Armstrong was also known to have received offers from Mizzou, Oregon, TCU, Texas A&M and UCLA among others.