Virginia football has added quality commitment at a position of need, landing Shelby (OH) dual-threat quarterback Brennan Armstrong. The 6’1.5″, 210-pound lefty signal caller originally committed to Minnesota in February of 2017, but now he plans to don the orange and blue.
“After a long process and tons of emotions, my family, coaches and I have decided it is in my best interest to decommit from The University of Minnesota,” Armstrong wrote in the tweet below. “With that being said, I will now be committing to The University of Virginia to further my education and athletic career! I will be shutting down my recruitment. #NewStandard #HoosRising”
— Brennan Armstrong™ (@bstrong34) November 20, 2017
Prior to Armstrong’s commitment, Virginia projected to have only two scholarship quarterbacks on its 2018 season roster. They are Lindell Stone, who will be a sophomore next year, and Wyatt Rector, a dual-threat senior quarterback out of Leesburg, Florida. Armstrong gives the Cavaliers a third scholarship quarterback to go along with walk-on Matthew Merrick, who transferred in from the University of Texas this past summer. Coach Bronco Mendenhall mentioned during his November 20 press conference that there is a “great chance” the program adds a transfer as well, so the Cavaliers seem poised to really bolster the quarterback depth chart in the 2018 season.
Armstrong is rated a 4-star prospect by ESPN, which also ranks him as the no. 13 dual-threat quarterback prospect in his class. 247Sports Composite and Rivals.com consider Armstrong as a 3-star recruit, and both sites rank him among the top 25 dual-threat signal callers in the nation in his class.
Cincinnati, Iowa State, North Carolina and Rutgers are among the other schools that reportedly offered Armstrong, who pledged to the Gophers in February but told the Star Tribune late last month that he was open to other options. According to the Star Tribune report, Armstrong plans on enrolling in college in January of 2018.
Armstrong’s commitment to the Cavaliers come on the same week he leads undefeated Shelby into an OHSAA Division IV semifinal.
Below are highlights from four of Armstrong’s games this season. Below the highlights is the updated list of Virginia football’s class of 2018.
– Brennan Armstrong, QB, Shelby (OH)
– Joe Bissinger, OL, Memorial (Houston, TX)
– DJ Brown, CB, St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.)
– Derek Devine, OL, North Allegheny (Wexford, PA)
– Javar Garrett, LB, Peddie School (Hightstown, N.J.)
– TC Harrison, OLB, Collins Hill (Suwanee, GA)
– Bobby Haskins, OL, The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.)
– Tavares Kelly, WR/PR/KR, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
– Will Lawrence, OL, Memphis Harding Academy (Memphis, TN)
– Emmett McNamara, OL/DL, Red Bank Catholic (N.J.)
– Grant Misch, LB, Potomac Falls (Potomac Falls, VA)
– Ugo Obasi, WR, Milford Mill (Baltimore, MD)
– Hunter Pearson, PK, Seneca (S.C.)
– Wyatt Rector, QB, Leesburg (FL)
– Jordan Redmond, DL, Osceola (Kissimmee, FL)
– Samson Reed, DL, Kahuku (HI)
– Noah Taylor, OLB, Avalon (Gaithersburg, MD)
– Wooby Theork, WR, Naples (FL)
– Martin Weisz, OL, The Benjamin School (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
– Joseph White, S, Landstown (Virginia Beach, VA)