Ijumaa Armstrong of Culver City (Calif.) High told the Warrior Beat he has accepted a UH football scholarship.
“I love the coaches and the program,” Armstrong said. “I really like coach (Brian) Smith, coach (Rich) Miano and coach Mack.”
Armstrong said he is 5 feet 11, 180 pounds, and is capable of running 40 yards in 4.48 seconds and bench pressing 275 pounds. He played receiver and cornerback at Culver City, but is projected to compete at cornerback, safety or quarter (nickelback) at UH.
He said he was recruited by UCLA, Oregon State, Fresno State and Idaho. Armstrong said he will sign with UH Feb. 2, the first day recruits may put their commitments in writing, and begin taking two UH classes in July.
Here’s his highlight video: Armstrong highlights.
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Wandering around UH’s athletic complex yesterday, there are a lot of things that just aren’t noticeable when the school is opened. Such as this rock garden:
Apparently, there is a rule where every state facility needs to devote a portion to the arts. Not exactly sure what this is, but it is sorta unique:
So, after all these years, I noticed that this is a game of catch:
Here’s a pretty nice grass area behind the Stan Sheriff Center. There’s even a “mahalo” sign:
One of the flaws is somebody needs to update this third-floor directory:
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So, Bill Belichick and the Patriots get to coach the AFC in the Pro Bowl. Not a bad consolation prize. I wonder if practices will be closed?
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For recruits, some things are expected. That a coach will be around for a few years. That a scholarship offer is good for five years. That they will have a chance to graduate. (UH assures all three.)
But to recruits, the most important things are:
• What shoes/apparel does a team wear?
• What offensive/defensive schemes does a team run?
• What is the success rate of preparing players for the NFL?
And that is why, beginning today, former UH running back Alex Green is important to the Warriors’ future. Green, who will play in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game, is the first player recruited during head coach Greg McMackin’s three-year tenure with the best chance to be selected in April’s NFL draft.
UH’s other top NFL prospects — slotbacks Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares, and offensive tackle Laupepa Letuli — were recruited by the previous coaching staff. Wideout Rodney Bradley, who was recruited by McMackin, should earn an invitation to an NFL camp, although, at the moment, he is not projected to be drafted.
Green, who did not start in 2009, his first season at UH after transferring has proven that a running back can be a 1,000-yard runner in the four-wide offense. He can demonstrate his skills to NFL scouts in practices this week leading to the all-star game. UH recruits will be noticing, too.