February 2, 2010

A.J. Armstrong commits to Army.

On Monday, hard-hitting and tough running, fullback and linebacker Aaron Armstrong (A.J.) made it official when he let Coach Ellerson and staff know that he plans on becoming a Black Knight.

For the Wisconsin native, he narrowed his choices down to Army and the Badgers of Wisconsin.

"After this weekend I finished my officials and I verbally committed to Army," says an elated A.J. as he likes to be called.

"My visit was great and I was able to see the ins & outs of West Point. I was really impressed with Coach Rich Ellerson and I'm excited to be part of the team.

Coach Joe Ross has handled the recruiting of the fullback/linebacker, and according to Armstrong, he spent a great deal of time with Ross during his recent visit. His player host was linebacker Jacob Bohn. "From the outside you kind of think they (Cadets) walk around in straight lines all day," says a laughing Armstrong. "But they are just normal kids like me."

Armstrong comes into the program with success on both sides of the ball, but will get his first look on offense. "Coach Ellerson is known to switch stuff up, but primarily as fullback is where they want me … to get the ball and do some good things, says the -foot-1, 235 pound prospect, who also shared about his experience with the Badgers of Wisconsin.

"They were really good to me through all of my recruiting. Coach Bielema (Bret) has a great program and they wanted me to come in as a preferred walk-on. I grew up a Badger fan, but I'm a Black Knight."

"I like to think of my life in the here and now, but I also like to think of my future," acknowledges Armstrong. "Being the number one school (West Point) and knowing as well as seeing everything that school is about, you are being established for being successful in the future. That played a huge part in my decision, because I do want to be leader in this country."

Armstrong committed on Monday and made it clear that he can't wait to wear the Black & Gold of Army. "I am very excited," said the prep bound fullback/linebacker.

For the season, Armstrong compiled 107 tackles and rushed for approximately 667 yard (5.4 yard avg.). That translates to Ellerson being able to pull in another talented player who can contribute on either side of the ball or multiple positions.

GoBlackKnights.com would like congratulate Aaron Armstrong for becoming newest member of the 2010 Army recruiting class, as well as a member of the Long Gray Line.

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