The thought regarding the recruitment of Quarterbacks in the 2012 class for the Missouri Tigers was that they would likely take one, and possibly a second QB/Athlete, who could play other positions as insurance.
With today's news of the transfer of Tyler Gabbert, it makes sense that a new offer to a highly regarded QB recently went out.
ShowMeMizzou.com has learned that an offer has been extended to Cibolo (TX) Steele QB Tommy Armstrong 6'2" 208 4.51 forty time.
The athletic Armstrong finished his junior season with around 1,600 yards passing with 24 touchdowns and two interceptions. He also had around 600 yards on the ground with eight rushing touchdowns while leading Cibolo Steele to the the 2010 Texas 5a Division II state championship.
We spoke to Armstrong after he received his offer.
"Yes, sir, Missouri offered me I think it was Friday, sometime late last week," said Armstrong. "A lot of college coaches have come by and watched me workout during our spring practice, and I know Missouri was one of them."
Armstrong was excited about the offer and shared what he knows about the Tigers.
"I am very interested in Missouri. I am honored that they really like me, and they they really like me at quarterback. That's important to me. I have played QB my whole life, but some schools have said they like me as an athlete. Mizzou has said that they want me as a QB and that means a lot."
"As far as what I know about Missouri, I have gone online and done some research and watched video about them. I was at the Texas game and saw them play in person before. And I have watched their QB get drafted in the first round recently. I really like their offense and think I would be a good fit," added Armstrong.
"Right now, I am just listening to everyone and seeing who offers me. Spring ball ends in 2-3 weeks and after that I will start focusing on recruiting. I am being open minded and will listen to what schools and coaches have to say and then talk it over with my family about taking some visits," said Armstrong.
Does he have a list of favorites?
"Not really. The fact that Missouri wants me as a QB and not safety puts them up there though."
Armstrong listed his strengths as a quarterback as his leadership and composure, along with his athleticism, arm strength,running ability and improved accuracy.
"My team will rely on me even more this season with out the number one running back in the country last year, Malcolm Brown here, so I am really focusing on getting better and doing what I need to for the season."
Cibolo Steele head coach Peter Jinks on Armstrong's workout on Thursday with coaches looking on:
"His workout was awesome, just awesome. He played really well. Missouri, Texas State, Southern Mississippi UTSA and Idaho all offered."
Scout.com Midlands Manager Greg Powers on Armstrong:
"Many people are quick to point to Malcolm Brown when talking about the Knight's State Championship last year and he did grind out the game to seal the victory over Denton Guyer, but they would not have been in the position they were in without the rock solid play of Armstrong, who grew exponentially from the first game to the last."
"Armstrong is a good leader and is a super competitor. He is a solid dual-threat guy, who is really dangerous in the open field. He could figure in to some schemes as a quarterback, but he could also excel at number of other positions in college. Because of his big playmaking ability it would be ideal to keep him on the offensive side of the ball, but he could easily play safety, because he has the temperament for it. He is fast and is probably a legit 4.5 forty-yard dash guy and has a great frame."
ShowMeMizzou.com will continue to follow his recruitment by the Tigers.