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Maryland football recruiting: Trevion Armstrong 'back to square one' after staff change

The three-star wide receiver is unsure of his position with the Terrapin staff after lead recruiter Tom Brattan's contract was not retained.


Hatchling Huddle is a recurring series wherein we talk to high school players recruited by Maryland or coaches who have Maryland recruits.

Maryland has set its sights on a budding prospect for the future in Trevion Armstrong. Hailing from Motoaca High School in Chesterfield, Va., the three-star wide receiver has been singled out by the Terps as a potential target for the class of 2015.

Armstrong is ranked as the 16th best player in the state of Virginia and the 48th best receiver in the country by the 247Sports composite. Last season he tallied 891 yards on 40 receptions and 15 touchdowns, which has Maryland and several other schools interested in the recruit.

Armstrong said he has received six offers so far -- from North Carolina-Charlotte, Old Dominion, James Madison, Pittsburgh, Marshall and Towson. However, outside of those schools, Armstrong is still looking closely at Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Duke, Miami as well as the Terps, and he expects offers from those teams to come soon.

Weighing in at 215 pounds with a height of 6'4", Armstrong is currently listed at wide receiver, but based upon how his body type changes this summer, schools could look to move him to tight end.

"Schools are looking to see if I'm going to blow up and become a Jimmy Graham type tight end or stay a wide receiver," Armstrong said. "I'm in between weights so coaches want to see where I'll end up position wise before they offer."

Armstrong described himself as someone opposing coaches have to game plan for.

"I take the top off of defenses," he said. "Being that I'm 6'4" I can get up. I'm a jump ball type of player who can stretch the field and draw double teams all night."

He listed route running as his biggest weakness, but said he has been working hard on progressing.

"I have a trainer and we've been worked on my route running and when I went to Rivals Camp I was taught a lot of techniques to improve," Armstrong said. "I work on that every day so that's going to be top notch pretty soon."

While Armstrong said he doesn't plan on ranking schools until the summer, he did give a few aspects about Maryland which he sees as positives, such as the Terps' contract with Under Armour and the program being on the rise. Maryland's move to the Big Ten is also something he will take into consideration.

"I want to play in the biggest football division I can, so Maryland joining the Big Ten is a big upside," he explained.

What Armstrong wants most in a school in a quality education.

"Football is temporary," he said. "Whether I make it to the pros or not I will still have a good degree and be able to support my family."

Armstrong's recruiter from Maryland had been Tom Brattan. Recently Brattan's contract was not renewed, meaning Armstrong lost that connection he had with the Terps. Brattan used to come to his basketball practices and talk with him frequently, Armstrong said, but without that link, he feels he will have to start over with the Terps and his new recruiter, defensive line coach Chad Wilt.

"It's like I started over with Maryland basically so I have to catch back up," Armstrong explained. "I don't know my positioning with Maryland now. I'm back to square one."

The change in recruiter has left Armstrong unsure if he will attend Maryland's Junior Day, explaining he needs to talk to Wilt about it.

"I had a team camp scheduled with Brattan to come to campus and run some drills but that plan backfired," he said. "It's kind of a bad situation."

Assuming everything with Armstrong's recruitment gets squared away, he may be a name to watch for the class of 2015.