Lucky for Notre Dame, Armstead had a previously planned trip to South Bend this Saturday for the Notre Dame-USC game. Now, head coach Brian Kelly and his staff will get the first shot at the free agent.
Armstead, from Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, Calif., will be one of a number of California recruits visiting South Bend for the USC night game, including Sacramento safety Shaq Thompson.
"That will be fun to get out there and go with guys from where I live at," Armstead said. "Shaq Thompson is going with me. We’ll be on the same flight, so it’ll be very exciting."
Armstead’s older brother, Armond, plays for the Trojans but has been sidelined as a senior with head coach Lane Kiffin saying he would redshirt Armond. He was briefly hospitalized last spring after experiencing chest pain and hasn’t received medical clearance by the Trojan staff.
Armstead’s father, Gus, told the Los Angeles Times that "There has been some disappointment with the way things have been handled with our family the last six months."
Despite these comments, Arik Armstead said he doesn’t have an issue with the USC coaching staff and he hasn’t ruled out recommitting to the school.
"I love the coaches down there. I still talk to them," Arik Armstead said. "I just opened things back up to take another look at things."
As a football player, Armstead is ranked No. 27 overall in the class of 2012 by CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, one spot behind Notre Dame commit Ronald Darby. The 6-foot-8, 280-pound defensive end projects as a defensive end in both a 4-3 and 3-4 scheme.
"I see myself as very versatile and being able to move myself around on the line," Armstead said.
But along with Armstead’s recruitment as a football player comes his desire to play college basketball.
"I want to go somewhere that I can play both," Armstead said. "I’m not ready to choose one or another right now."
Armstead said he has been in contact with Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey and his staff, which could help Kelly in recruiting the two-sport athlete.
"I’ve talked to them and they saw me play some AAU games this summer," Armstead said of the Notre Dame coaches.
Tight ends coach Mike Denbrock has been recruiting Armstead as a part of his recruiting region. Both Denbrock and recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin visited Armstead in California.
"I have a good relationship with them and I think this trip will build on that and be a good chance to get to know them a lot more," Armstead said.
Armstead has only one other official visit planned — LSU at Alabama on Nov. 5 — but he said he will start considering others with his recruitment reopened. Along with Notre Dame and Alabama, Armstead mentioned California, Washington and Michigan as schools that have kept in regular contact through his previous commitment.
Texas, Oregon and Oklahoma were among the schools to reach out to Armstead on Monday.
A canceled visitor for USC
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley and Armstead engaged in a conversation on Twitter on Monday night in which Stanley welcomed Armstead to the uncommitted club like himself.
The conversation revealed that Stanley would not be making the trip to South Bend for the USC game as originally planned because he was named to his school’s homecoming court with the festivities conflicting with his travel plans.
Stanley tweeted that he had already made an official visit to Arkansas and has yet to decide what other three to make besides Notre Dame. He listed Nebraska, Auburn, Florida State, Miami, and Washington as possible destinations.
Stanley confirmed that he has yet to reschedule a visit to Notre Dame.