Just a few months ago, USC fans were picturing the Armstead brothers, Arik and Armond, both dominating the trenches for the Trojans in 2012—Arik on the offensive side of the ball, and Armond on the defensive side.
But now, it looks as if the defensive linemen, Armond, and his highly touted younger brother, Arik—one of the most sought after recruits in the 2012 class—could possibly both end up playing for one of USC’s biggest rivals, Notre Dame.
Arik, a one-time USC commit who opened his recruitment back up in October, is one of the top remaining uncommitted prospects in the country, and he’s got schools like Notre Dame, Auburn, Oregon and California all chasing after him as we count down the final few weeks until National Signing Day.
The Irish are right in the hunt to land the coveted five-star prospect and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly knows that bringing Arik’s older brother Armond to South Bend could be the factor that ultimately sways his decision.
Armond has been rumored to be seeking a transfer out of USC after sitting out the entire 2011 season with an undisclosed medical condition and schools like Notre Dame, Arkansas and Auburn have all been mentioned as potential landing destinations if he does decide to leave.
Since he’s already graduated, Armond would be eligible to play right away for whichever school he ends up at as long as he’s cleared to play by the medical staff.
Notre Dame is definitely an interesting option for the Armstead brothers as they could each likely play substantial roles for the Irish in 2012.
Armond would be a terrific fit as a defensive end in Notre Dame’s 3-4 defensive system and he would add quality depth to a rotation that already includes Kapron Lewis-Moore, Aaron Lynch and Stephon Tuitt.
Arik, who has the type of rare athleticism that not many other offensive line recruits in the country possess, has the talent to fill departed tackle Taylor Dever’s spot right away if he decides to come to South Bend.
Only time will tell where the Armstead brothers ultimately end up, but don't be surprised if you see both of them in an Irish uniform in 2012.