One of the keys to successful recruiting is finding diamonds in the rough – those players that aren’t loaded with scholarship offers but turn out to be quality college players.
For now, Sterling Armstrong would fall into that category.
A 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver from Centerburg (Ohio) High School, Armstrong doesn’t have any scholarship offers, but there is mutual interest between Armstrong and Colorado for the 2017 class.
Armstrong recently took a skiing trip to Breckenridge with his family and ended the week by stopping in Boulder to watch the Buffaloes’ spring game.
“They looked really enthusiastic and they played fast, and they’re pretty good,” Armstrong said of the Buffs. “They run a lot of different plays.”
Although he has no ties to Colorado, Armstrong has fallen in love with the state and the campus, and has grown to like the football program, too. During his visit, Armstrong had a chance to meet several CU coaches, including co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini.
“I liked him a lot,” Armstrong said. “When we had our individual meetings, he really emphasized academics. He just said, ‘Really if you’ve got academics behind you and you can ball, you can play at Colorado.'”
No problem there. Armstrong has a 3.5 GPA and during the 2015 season he caught 39 passes for 623 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s been clocked at 4.6 in the 40-yard sprint.
On film, Armstrong has shown his ability to beat defensive backs with speed and height, and he’s good at gaining yards after the catch. Armstrong is also the kicker for his high school team.
“I don’t think (CU coaches) knew that I was a kicker, but what I want to do if I went up there is I would definitely want to play wide receiver,” he said.
Although Armstrong doesn’t have any scholarship offers at this point, he’s been in contact with several schools, including Oklahoma State, Navy, Army, Villanova, Southern Illinois, Temple, Marshall, Central Michigan and Yale.
Asked if he’d commit to CU right away if given an offer, Armstrong said, “Definitely.”
For now, he’s under the radar, but that could change this summer. He’s been invited to several camps, including the Southern Elite Top 150 camp.
Here’s a look at Armstrong’s junior highlights:
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