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USC football: Scout.com ranks Trojans commit Arik Armstead top nationwide player in class of 2012

April 4, 2011 | 12:42 pm

Usc-logo_250 Arik Armstead, a 6-foot-8 lineman who has orally committed to USC, is ranked as the top player in the class of 2012 by Scout.com, the website reported Monday.

Armstrong, from Elk Grove Pleasant Grove High in Northern California, is the brother of USC defensive lineman Armond Armstead, a two-year starter who has been sidelined during spring practice while awaiting test results involving an unspecified medical condition. Armond Armstead was hospitalized last month after feeling ill and experiencing chest pains. He was cleared Friday to run and lift weights.

Arik Armstead also is a basketball standout and could play two sports in college. He told Dan Greenspan of SCPlaybook.com that he would play defensive line in football.

From Greenspan's story:

While still firmly committed to USC, Armstead does plan to make unofficial visits that correspond with his summer basketball schedule. He identified Arkansas and Notre Dame as potential stops.

“Since the school offered me and showed interest in me, I can't ignore them. I'll show interest back," he said.

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-- Gary Klein

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