Florida State coach Willie Taggart is set to welcome his first batch of new Seminoles players to the program thanks to the initial early signing period.
One such player will be 3-star tackle Christian Armstrong.
During the coaching transition from Jimbo Fisher to Taggart, Armstrong embraced the Seminoles’ new leader, as detailed by Wayne McGahee of the Tallahassee Democrat.
In this series profiling Florida State’s early signees, we will put a spotlight on Armstrong.
My decision🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/6Qoc0BRQPm
— Christian Armstrong™ (@kvng_ca) June 25, 2017
Hometown [High School]: Warner Robins, Ga. [Warner Robins]
Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 335 pounds
Position Rank/Overall Rank: No. 28 tackle, No. 388 player overall
Senior stats: n/a
Vitals: Selected to the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. Committed to Florida State on June 25. Chose FSU over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Penn State.
Armstrong was a key cog for a Warner Robins team that finished 14-1 and fell in the 5A state title game versus Rome. He lined up mostly at left tackle — although he also had stints playing guard — for a high-powered Demons offense that averaged nearly 37 points per game and over 400 yards of total offense per game.
At the prep level, Armstrong’s size made him a man among boys. He was comfortable firing off the ball and getting his hands on his man and driving him downfield as a run blocker. He also did well as a pass blocker mainly because of his size, strength and athleticism.
Armstrong will be an early enrollee, which means he will be able to take part in spring practice for the Seminoles. His main adjustment in college will be to reshape his body and continue to add the strength necessary to compete against the elite defensive linemen he will face in the ACC.
Additionally, as with most offensive linemen making the transition from preps to college, there will be challenges with fine-tuning technique. For Armstrong, this will mean getting more comfortable in his pass pro sets by maintaining balance and leverage and using his length to his advantage.
Overall, Armstrong is a solid prospect who has a chance to become a starter if he continues to develop when he arrives on campus.