San Antonio-area quarterback Tommy Armstrong verbally committed to NU at Cibolo (Texas) High School on Sept. 19, 2011.
Armstrong, who visited for NU's 51-38 win over Washington, picked the Huskers over Southern Mississippi -- where he had family nearby -- but also claimed offers from Oregon, Mississippi State and Missouri, among other schools.
At 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, Armstrong is a pure quarterback recruit for the Huskers, having played in Cibolo's pro-style offense.
"I get along really well with the coaches," Armstrong told Huskers Illustrated, a recruiting partner with The World-Herald. "The offense is just like mine. They've been straight with me from day one. They do a lot of the same stuff I do at my high school. They're giving me a chance to play quarterback. The academics there are incredible. ...
"I like Nebraska because of the simple fact that they run the same offense I run now, they're straight up with me and they want me to play quarterback. I just want to get out there to see for myself what they have going on out there."
Armstrong, a three-star player according to 247Sports.com, has shown an ability to play from under center, throw on the run, and scramble when necessary. Like current NU quarterbacks Taylor Martinez and Brion Carnes, he'll have to get more adept at running the option.
"I think I can lead. Coming in last year in my first actual year of being the starting quarterback, I had a big leading role and had to step up and make plays when I needed to, and I think I can do that," Armstrong said. "Those are probably my strongest points. I can make plays when I need to. I stay level-headed when everything is down to the line."
Armstrong didn’t throw an interception during his senior season until the Texas 5A state championship game. Many wondered how he would fare in his senior season without top running back Malcolm Brown, who ended up at Texas. Well, Armstrong showed he’s perfectly capable of carrying an offense himself.
Armstrong is rated as the No. 15 dual-threat quarterback in the country by 247Sports and showed why in his senior season. Armstrong ran for 1,281 yards and 16 touchdowns and threw for 1,945 yards, 29 touchdowns and two interceptions in 2011, running an offense similar to what he’ll be asked to do in Lincoln.
Offensive coordinator Tim Beck made it clear that he saw Armstrong fitting well with the direction Nebraska’s offense is going. Armstrong has been a winner during high school and worked hard on his mechanics as a senior, shortening his throwing motion and working on decision-making. Several top programs in Texas kicked the tires on Armstrong late in the recruiting process, including Texas after seeing what he did as a senior.
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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
QB excited for trip to Lincoln (HuskersIllustrated.com)
QB Armstrong wants to play early (HuskersIllustrated.com)
Nebraska in top 2 for QB Armstrong (HuskersIllustrated.com)
Nebraska adds dual-threat QB commitment (SportingNews.com)
Armstrong takes giant leap for Steele (MySanAntonio.com)
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