Two weeks back, two coaches told me to be sure and check out a running back at Gallia Academy in Gallipolis. Actually, I saw his scores at the Opening in Massillon, which were really good.
A 4.1/pro shuttle gets your attention. A 4.57/40 in March also gets your attention. Add to that he is only a sophomore.
James Armstrong was really enjoyable to talk with yesterday. Down to earth. Humble. Smiles. Enjoys answering some silly McCallister questions. A quiet confidence in himself.
The first thing he told me was that he is who he is, because of his mother. She works hard. She wants him to do well in school. Best of all, she pushes him, and he listens. Actually, art times, she does double duty.
When I asked him his strength- believes that he is team leader already. James has a ton of athletic ability, but I like his focus on getting better and improving his team’s 9-2 record last year.
On the football field, he runs well and makes big plays with the ball in his hands. Gets north/south. Really like his initial quickness. Good vision. Picks and slides. Has 5th gear. Needs to be most explosive on contact. Avoids defenders.
With his big play ability, he could be a slot receiver, but I like him as a corner. Quick hips. Fast. Seems to recover well. Like his toughness on run support. Guessin almost 5’11-180, and he will get bigger/stronger/faster. Would be an ideal corner.
James realizes and admits that he has to get bigger/stronger/faster. I missed his big lifts, but he was working. Started playing football in the 4th grade and has always been fast, but continues to get faster.
Did not play basketball last winter, but is planning to play next year. Needs to keep improving his quickness. Believe that he is working with a speed coach to get extra work.
His advice to a freshman – ” Do not miss strength training or conditioning. Pay attention in practice. I a varsity starter gets injured, you may have to play”
He told me that his fifth grade teacher asked him to play basketball. Then he suggested that he run track. Of course, he told him that he should try football. Up until that time, he really never was into sports. A “fist bump” to that 5th grade teacher for his great advice.
” A good character and having responsibility” are two qualities that he could not live without. Both are really important to him.
When he gets bored, he watches HUDL video of former players who have come before him. Also watches players from other teams.
Ten years from now, he would like to be an Ohio state trooper. Really anything that relates to law enforcement.
I really like James. Easy to talk with. Articulate. Really good football player. Good college football prospect. But when he told me Odell Beckham was one of his favorite players to watch. REALLY? But then he said that Saquon Barkley was too. BETTER
Only a 10th grader and just a little behind in the silliness of football recruiting, means that college summer camps will be important to him. James needs to get exposure. Needs to WOW coaches. Needs to let his character come out. Needs to work out as a corner -1st.
James Armstrong will be fine.