Clarion Area LB T.J. Armstrong attracts D-1 interest
Written by: Josh Funk on Saturday, May 28th, 2011
District 9 does not often generate Division-1 type football players. That’s not to say the district hasn’t produced respectable football talent in its history, but gridiron stars who move on to the next level from the region usually head to Division-II or III schools.
Clarion Area’s T.J. Armstrong, however, may buck that pattern.
Armstrong, a 6’2, 208-pound junior-to-be for the Bobcats, has received interest, but no verbal scholarship offers, from six Division-1 programs, according to national recruiting service Rivals.com. The interested parties include Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pitt, Purdue and West Virginia.
The Bobcat star ripped up the opposition as a freshman, finishing as one of the top tacklers on a team which allowed an average of 11.4 points per game. He totaled 106 tackles (61 solo), a team-best 12 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a blocked punt and a blocked field goal. He averaged 7.6 tackles and nine-tenths of a sack per game as a freshman. The Clarion Area defense was especially nasty in one six week stretch, not allowing an offensive touchdown in that span and posting five shutouts (only Elk County Catholic registered a safety).
Armstrong missed the bulk of his sophomore season with an injury, and, in limited action, posted 15 tackles (5 solo) and one sack. The Bobcats finished 5-6 overall in 2010, falling in the District 9 Class A quarterfinals to Cameron County, 19-13.
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