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Recruiting on the Plains: 2016 CB Neiman Armstrong Player Profile

Texas Tech received their 5th commitment of the 2016 class in DeSoto cornerback Neiman Armstrong. We’ve got all the details, including film and analysis after the jump.

SECONDARY
NEIMAN ARMSTRONG CORNERBACK
HT/WT: 6-1/180
FORTY: N/A
HIGH SCHOOL: DeSoto (DeSoto, TX)
VIDEO: Hudl
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.4 | Scout
ESPN N/A | 24/7 Sports N/A
CUMULATIVE RANKING: N/A
PROFILE DATE: May 5, 2015
OFFERS: Texas Tech

The Player Speaks: Wreck’Em 24/7’s Daniel Paulling talked to Armstrong, who said that he likes Texas Tech’s program:

“I really like the program,” he said. “I’ve been following the program probably since I was born. I follow all the Texas college programs. Texas Tech really stood out. They’ve got a good team down there.”

Scouting Report: I really feel like we’re watching an unfinished project here. There’s plenty to like, but I think Armstrong has a ways to go as an athlete and as a cornerback. The best thing that Armstrong has going for him is his size, which you can’t coach. Just look at this weekend’s NFL Draft where you have almost every “name” receiver is over 6’0″ and that’s a trend that’s going to continue. So the best thing about Armstrong is his size. We don’t know much about him otherwise, as we don’t know his 40-time and there aren’t a ton of highlights of Armstrong at cornerback. If we’re looking at Armstrong as a cornerback, we should be looking for a guy that can bump his receiver off the line of scrimmage, exhibit some quickness in making reads on passes, exploding ot the ball, anticipating the pass and supporting the run. We saw bits and pieces of those, but I don’t think we’ve got enough video to really evaluate Armstrong. I do feel confident that Armstrong needs to be stronger as he has to do a better job of not being blocked at the line of scrimmage. It will be interesting to see how Armstrong progresses at DeSoto.

As an aside, this also feels like a Emmett Jones situation. Yes, apparently Kevin Curtis was in on Armstrong, but I’d bet a dollar that Jones had more that just a little something to put Armstrong on Texas Tech’s radar. There’s only a handful of people who will know the DFW area better, in particular the Dallas area schools, than Jones and I’m more than willing to give Jones a lot of leeway in terms of who he thinks is worthy of a scholarship spot. Personally, I think Armstrong has a ton of work to do over the summer.

Neiman, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

2016 Texas Tech Football Commits

RUNNING BACK
DA’LEON WARD RUNNING BACK
HT/WT: 5-11/180
FORTY: 4.48
HIGH SCHOOL: Skyline (Dallas, TX)
VIDEO: Hudl
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.7 | Scout
ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports 87
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8604
PROFILE DATE: April 27, 2015
OFFERS: Louisville, TCU, Texas Tech, UNLV
RECEIVER
DONTE COLEMAN TIGHT END
HT/WT: 6-4/220
FORTY: N/A
HIGH SCHOOL: West Mesquite (Mesquite, TX)
VIDEO: Hudl
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals N/R | Scout
ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports 84
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8367
PROFILE DATE: March 23, 2015
OFFERS: Arizona State, Boise State, California, Fresno State, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma State, Rice, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech and Washington
OFFENSIVE LINE
EMOREE GIDDENS TACKLE
HT/WT: 6-5/265
FORTY: 4.90
HIGH SCHOOL: Coronado (Lubbock, TX)
VIDEO: Hudl
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals N/R | Scout N/R
ESPN | 24/7 Sports N/R
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.000
PROFILE DATE: April 15, 2015
OFFERS: Weber State, Texas Tech
GIOVANNI PANCOTTI OFFENSIVE LINE
HT/WT: 6-6/273
FORTY: 5.53
HIGH SCHOOL: Episcopal (Bellaire, TX)
VIDEO: Hudl
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.6 | Scout
ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports 83
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8396
PROFILE DATE: April 15, 2015
OFFERS: Houston, Texas Tech
SECONDARY
NEIMAN ARMSTRONG CORNERBACK
HT/WT: 6-1/180
FORTY: N/A
HIGH SCHOOL: DeSoto (DeSoto, TX)
VIDEO: Hudl
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.4 | Scout
ESPN N/A | 24/7 Sports N/A
CUMULATIVE RANKING: N/A
PROFILE DATE: May 5, 2015
OFFERS: Texas Tech
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