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Christian Armstrong: I’m 100% to Florida State

It’s more clear now than in the past that Florida State needs to add some talent to its offensive line. The `Noles have allowed more sacks by the week, which isn’t an excuse, as the defensive talent they faced in Wake Forest was subpar. 12 sacks allowed in three games. Three against Alabama, four against NC State, and a whopping five against the Demon Deacons. It might be time for an infusion of young blood at the position.

The Seminoles only signed one offensive lineman, three-star center Brady Scott, in the class of 2017. Jimbo Fisher and his staff have prioritized offensive line recruiting for the class of 2018 and their efforts have been fruitful thus far.

FSU has commitments from four-star offensive lineman Christian Armstrong, four-star center Verdis Brown, and three-star offensive lineman Christian Meadows. The goal for Fisher and his staff is to ink four or five offensive linemen by the end of the recruiting cycle. They are still heavily involved for four-star prospects Trey Hill and Daniel Faalele.

Armstrong believes he’ll start his college career at guard but he can also shift outside to the tackle spot if needed. The four-star offensive lineman is coming in at 6’5” 335 lbs. He already has the massive frame needed to compete at the collegiate level though I’m sure the Seminoles coaches will work with him on making sure that is mostly good weight. Armstrong is a mauler in the run game. He keeps a good pad level while engaging with defenders, allowing him to win most of his battles with his leverage and strength. He is physical at the point of attack and stays on his defenders until they are in the dirt. He’s one of the most talented offensive line prospects in the entire 2018 class.

Signing day is months away but Armstrong says he isn’t focused on anyone except Florida State. Check out our full interview with him below!

NoleGameday: You committed to Florida State back in June. What went into your decision to commit?

Christian Armstrong: “Just the fact that I felt that Florida State would probably be the best fit for me. To get me to the place I want to be, the coaching staff, coach Trickett is a great developer of offensive linemen. They have coaching stability, coach Fisher signed a contract extension so I knew that my coaches would be there once I get there.”

NoleGameday: What did FSU do differently from other schools to help them earn your commitment?

Armstrong: “They were honest with me from the get go. They were one of the schools that had different pitches while some schools would just say the same every time. I liked that they changed up and had something new about me and myself, watching my film and telling me they see improvement.”

NoleGameday: How do you feel like the Seminoles pro-style offense fits you? Rick Trickett as a coach?

Armstrong: “Most high schools don’t run a pro-style offense but I feel like I can adjust to it. When you get to the pro-level you see that style of offense so if I make it to that level I’ll have an advantage. Coach Trickett himself, most coaches at the pro-level coach the same way as him. Tough. It’ll be an adjustment since I’m in college but I think I can do it.”

NoleGameday: Are you concerned with the slow start that FSU has had in 2017?

Armstrong: “Losing to Alabama, not saying it’s a given loss, but the fact that if you lose to Alabama it’s not really gonna hurt much of your season. We shot ourselves in the foot that game, it wasn’t as much as Alabama, we did it to ourselves. Two weeks off can really hurt you, especially when playing a team like NC State who has a good defense. It hurt us I believe but I feel like they showed promise. Winning against Wake Forest gives them momentum heading into the Miami game. They’re gonna pick it up some.”

NoleGameday: You can play all over the offensive line. What position do you want to play at the next level?

Armstrong: “I’ll most likely start at guard, that might be my primary position but I’m willing to work tackle also. Basically wherever I feel comfortable and wherever they need me to play, I just want to get on the field as soon as possible and do the best I can to put myself in the best position to be a better play.”

NoleGameday: What kinds of things have you been working on in your game as your senior season has progressed?

Armstrong: “My explosiveness, my footwork. I felt like my footwork was good but I’m always trying to get faster, getting myself ready for college. Hands, hand speed, a lot of things I’ve been working on.”

NoleGameday: Are there any specific players that you personally have been recruiting to Florida State?

Armstrong: “Honestly, you know, Justin Fields. We met a while ago at an all-star game while he was committed to Penn State, we became real close at that game, he was my teams quarterback, so we became real close. We talk often and I push Florida State as much as I can. And then obviously Trey Hill, we live in the same city. We used to work out a lot together so I know him and I’ve met him. We’ve became good friends. I also talk to Dennis Briggs as well, I met him at the Rivals camp. I lost my phone this weekend haha, I was trying to recruit him a bit.”

NoleGameday: What kind of relationships, if any, do you have with current guys on the team?

Armstrong: “I know a couple of the offensive linemen, when I go up there they’ll speak to me and I’ve just met them through my visits there. Robert Cooper, we’re from the same camp and have met at camps and things like that. Christian Meadows, he lives right down the road from me basically. I met Amari Gainer at the Rivals camp. We’re gonna be real close once we all get down to Tallahassee.”

NoleGameday: What will you be pursuing academically in college?

Armstrong: “I would like to major in secondary education, I don’t know what subject yet. I’ll probably minor in psychology.”

NoleGameday: How would you describe your commitment? Are you still considering other schools or would it take something major to sway your commitment to Florida State?

Armstrong: “I’m real strong with Florida State, like you said, it’d take something real major. I won’t be rude to coaches who reach out to me but I’m 100% to Florida State. I’m not taking visits to any other school at this moment, I’m just focused on getting to Florida State and heading to Tallahassee once I graduate.”

NoleGameday: In your opinion, who is the next prospect that will commit to FSU?

Armstrong: “I don’t know 100%, but hopefully Justin Fields. Praying he commits to Florida State.”

Dustin Lewis
Lead writer for NoleGameday. Majoring in English Editing, Writing, and Media at Florida State University. Writer for FSView Sports and Hashtag Basketball.

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