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Clarion Area RB/LB T.J. Armstrong issues verbal declaration to Old Dominion

Written by: on Monday, June 25th, 2012


It isn’t often that District 9 boasts a Division-1 football prospect amongst its ranks.  But that’s exactly the benefit one program from the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference will enjoy for the coming season.

T.J. Armstrong, a 6’2, 205-pound running back/linebacker from Clarion Area High School, issued a verbal declaration to Old Dominion Monday, according to national recruiting service

Including ODU, Armstrong also held offers from programs like Buffalo, Massachusetts and Temple, and had generated interest from programs like Boston College, Colorado, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Syracuse, Toledo, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others.

Armstrong was ranked as the No. 104 outside linebacker in the 2013 class by and assigned a two-star rating.  Armstrong is joined in the national rankings for outside linebacker by fellow Keystone Staters Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, No. 4), Zayd Issah (Central Dauphin, No. 20), Delton Williams (Erie Cathedral Prep, No. 46), Hodari Christian (McKeesport, No. 51), Brandon Chatmon (Cardinal O’Hara, No. 108), Bishop Gethers (Allderdice, No. 112) and Rori Blair (Upper St. Clair, No. 125).

A Pennsylvania Sportswriters’ Class A All-State selection at linebacker, Armstrong finished his junior season as Clarion Area’s leading tackler, amassing 123 tackles, a team-leading seven sacks, a forced fumble, four fumble recoveries, a blocked punt and three blocked field goals, averaging 9.5 tackles per game.

He also provided a punch offensively for the Bobcats, rushing for 1,123 yards on 237 carries and snagging eight passes for 96 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and 12 yards per reception while scoring 19 total touchdowns (16 rushing, three receiving).

Clarion Area finished 8-5 overall, reaching the District 9 A championship game opposite Port Allegany before falling to the Gators, 35-34.

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