June 14, 2009

Armstrong beginning camp tour

Without a household name Wisconsin's 2010 in-state class, one can make an argument that this year's group of seniors could the deepest in recent memory.

This weekend, BadgerBlitz.com caught up with one of those seniors, Aaron Armstrong, to discuss his summer schedule and interest in the Wisconsin Badgers.

The following is a question and answer segment with the 6-foot-1, 225-pound Neenah (Wis.) prospect.

It's been awhile since we've caught up with you. Could you fills us in on the latest?

Armstrong: Well, the last couple of days we've been going to some camps. Where do I lead off…Over spring break I visited some schools. I went out to Colorado and Buffalo for a few visits. I hit up their junior days. Now, recently, I've been contacted by a bunch of I-AA schools and MAC schools. Northern Illinois has been to my school, Minnesota's been to the school, Wisconsin's been to the school; there have been quite a few. As far as camps go, I've been to Ball State, Northern Illinois and Northwestern. Now this weekend we are going to Minnesota's and Colorado's camp.

Thus far, how do you feel you've preformed at camp?

Armstrong: I think I've done pretty well. The coaches have liked my performance. I was fullback at Northern Illinois and a linebacker at Northwestern. At Ball State the coaches said they liked what they saw and have asked me to give them a call back in a couple days. By then, they will know where I stand. They said things look good right now, but they can't make any promises.

What position to the majority of the schools see you playing?

Armstrong: I think it's about split 50/50 between fullback and linebacker. Wisconsin and Michigan State like me at fullback. Colorado and Ball State like me at linebacker. Northwestern likes me at linebacker. Northern Illinois likes me at fullback. Both Minnesota and Buffalo also like me at fullback. For the most part, a lot of the I-AA schools like me at linebacker.

Could you list some of the I-AA schools that are after you?

Armstrong: Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Eastern Illinois, North Dakota State, North Dakota, South Dakota State. Those are some of the bigger ones as of now.

How about the Badgers? Do you plan on hitting up their camp?

Armstrong: I'm going to their one-day camp
around June 22, I believe. They said they're not sure where they will use me. They will probably throw me in with the running backs and maybe even give me a shot at an H-back type position. They want to see what I got, test me at all sorts of different positions.

What's your contact been with UW?

Armstrong: I've been to their junior day and I've been to one of their spring practices. Coach (Bob) Bostad was at our school. He was planning on coming to one of my track meets but it got cancelled, so he couldn't make it to that. I've been in contact with them via e-mail. I feel the coaches know me pretty well. They want to see what I do best at during camp. Hopefully good things happen there.

What's your mindset going into these camps?

Armstrong: Well, I'm going to try and bring home a scholarship. You can't really tell how physical I am from my highlight tape. That's kind of what I want to show these coaches. I want to show everyone I like to get after it and like to play. I like to play physical and I like to play hard. That's really my plan going in.

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