Adding playmakers to the 2017 class has been a goal for the Irish staff before and after the coaching changes.
Notre Dame found one today when Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Bishop Miege three-star wide receiver Jafar Armstrong flipped his commitment to the Irish from Missouri. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Armstrong had been committed to the Tigers since June.
Armstrong is the 17th commitment in the class and joins Destrehan (La.) three-star Michael Young as the wide receivers in the class.
Armstrong received an offer from Notre Dame Jan. 11 and was initially intrigued by the offer telling Blue & Gold “you have to think a little bit with a Notre Dame offer.” It helped the Irish that offensive coordinator Chip Long was at Memphis when the Tigers were recruiting the three-star before he pledge to Missouri.
“If you just follow college football a little bit there’s 10 schools that come to mind first,” Armstrong said of the Notre Dame offer earlier this month. “You think of Alabama, Clemson, Florida State … and Notre Dame with the prestige it has it is definitely one of those top 10 schools. It was crazy, it was amazing. It showed all my hard work really paid off. Man, I was shocked honestly.”
Early on, Long’s pitch to the wide receiver caught his attention.
“He seems like a very enthusiastic guy,” Armstrong said of Long in the same interview. “He’s obviously getting ready to take an important job. He told me that he is trying to throw for 3,000-plus yards every season. Obviously, it’s very attractive for a receiver when the OC tells you that they will be throwing it around.”
Heading into the week leading up to his Irish official, Notre Dame, Missouri and Minnesota all felt good about their chances to land the wide receiver. In the end, Notre Dame was able to convince Armstrong South Bend is where he should continue his student-athlete career.
Armstrong will arrive at Notre Dame with multiple records and accolades. Armstrong captured the state record in Kansas for career touchdown receptions with 45 and the Bishop Miege record with 3,744 career receiving yards. He finished his senior year with 1,277 yards and 21 touchdowns on 54 receptions and lead Bishop Miege to three-straight state championships. Armstrong was selected all-state in each of his final three seasons.
Armstrong is ranked as the No. 77 wide receiver in the class and the No. 3 player overall in Kansas.