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Ray Ray Armstrong

Seminole High is stocked with Division-I talent for the 2009 season. Ray Ray Armstrong (6-3, 205, 4.6) is an integral part of the Noles' equation, and he has his eyes set on more than one Southeastern Conference school.

As a junior, Ray Ray Armstrong had 639 yards passing and three touchdowns, and on the other side of the ball he finished the season with over 30 tackles and two picks at safety.


He is being recruited heavily by all of the top Florida schools but he is also keeping LSU on his short list.     


The Noles had LSU receivers coach D.J. McCarthy swing in on practice this past week, checking in on Armstrong as well as teammates Dyron Dye and Andre Debose, fellow Tiger recruits.


Did McCarthy’s visit have any effect on Armstrong?


“I thought it was great to see Coach Mac out there,” said the 4-star prospect. “A lot of the times we have coaches from around here come by, but for him to come from Baton Rouge to see us practice was cool.”


With over 20 offers, Armstrong is one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the Sunshine State.

Armstrong, whose four-star label and No. 6 ranking nationally at strong-side linebacker are good for some of the top talent tags in the nation, has turned the tide and committed to play out his college years at the safety position.


“At first not all the coaches were looking at me to play safety,” Armstrong said. “Now everyone’s recruiting me to play [safety].”


The Sanford native said that when it boils down to it, he is just looking for a place where he fits in.


“I can go out of state if I have to,” Armstrong said. “It’s just about feeling comfortable.”


With summer on the horizon, Armstrong said that a few visits are definitely in his future.


“I have been talking about taking some visits this summer, but I am not sure where yet,” he said. “I do know that LSU is definitely going to be one of my official visits in the fall.”


With LSU set to get one of his officials in the fall, two more schools that are high on Armstrong’s list are Florida and Florida State.


He talked a little about those three schools and what he is hearing from each one.


LSU—“I’m ready to get down there and see what the coaches and school are like. I like what I hear from coach Mac about playing time but I want to see what the atmosphere is like.”


Florida—“The coaches are talking with me a lot, just as much as everyone. It all makes for a good atmosphere. It is a place that feels like your home whenever you go there.”


Florida State—“Our high school has graduated a couple of guys there, so it’s cool to know some guys that are already on the team. I have been talking with their staff a lot as well, mainly with [offensive line] coach [Rick] Trickett.”

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