March 5, 2009

Bielema likes Armstrong's versatility

Depending on whom you speak with, it appears the Wisconsin coaching staff is anticipating that 15 or 16 scholarships will be available for the 2010 class.

Breaking down their chart even further, it looks as though two of those spots will be allocated to the linebacker position, a strong group of in-state prospects headed by Aaron Armstrong, who recently attended the Badger junior day this past Sunday in Madison.

"Coach (Bret) Bielema said they were only going to be giving out 16 scholarships and they have some offers already out to some out-of-state guys," said Armstrong, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker/fullback from Neenah.

"But he said that he likes that I can play fullback and linebacker, so that's something that should help me separate myself from the others. He was pretty positive about where I stand, but he said he wanted to see me in camp and see how I do compared to some of the other athletes that they have."

Armstrong's versatility-122 tackles and three sacks on defense and 80 carries for 304 yards and two touchdowns on offense as a junior-is evident, though Wisconsin looks as though they prefer him at linebacker at this point.

"For the most part, I think they like me at linebacker, but he (Bielema) definitely said that both possibilities are open right now," he said.

During his visit to campus, Armstrong was able to speak with defensive coordinator Dave Doeren, who said he would like to see Armstrong this summer at camp.

"I talked to Coach Doeren and he said that he was impressed with my film but he wanted me to come to the camp so he can evaluate me there," Armstrong said.

Outside of interest from UW, Armstrong is beginning to see his stock rise on the national level.

I've been hearing a lot from Iowa and Michigan State," he said. "Alabama has been showing quite a bit of interest along with Colorado and Colorado State, they both invited me to their junior day. I've been getting a lot of mail from the Big Ten schools and as far as mail, I've been getting stuff from all over the place, so its been pretty exciting."

Wisconsin currently has four known offers out to linebackers in the 2010 class: Max Bullough, Try Gloster, Jordan Hicks and Ty Linton.

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