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Nine schools on Armstead's radar

USC remains in the mix even after the lineman's decommitment. Dave Miller

Print This January 21, 2012, 01:45 PM EST

The recruitment of Arik Armstead continues to remain wide open as coaches at major programs actively pursue the star lineman.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the Elk Grove, Calif., native will be visited at his home by coaching staffs from Cal, USC, Alabama, Washington, Notre Dame, UCLA, Oregon, Auburn and Hawaii.

It comes as a surprise that Lane Kiffin and his staff are on the list because the Trojans were thought to be out of the running. He had originally committed to 'SC but rescinded his commitment because of a conflict between his brother Armond and the team. However, Armond remains enrolled at the school, so there's at least a chance that USC could have the pair. Armond has one more year of eligibility left after missing last season with an injury, and Arik has said he would love to play with his brother if possible.

One of the top defensive linemen in the Class of 2012, the 6-8, 280-pounder plans to be an early enrollee no matter where he lands. He plans on being a two-sport athlete in college, as he desires to play basketball as well.

The standout from Pleasant Grove High School is projected by some recruiting services to be an ideal offensive lineman at the next level, but Armstead prefers to play defensive end, a position he played during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

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