Emerging 2021 DE Aaron Armitage To Camp At Notre Dame

May 6, 2019

It’s still very early in the process for Notre Dame and Aaron Armitage‍, but it’s clear the 2021 New Jersey defensive end is on the Irish’s radar.

Armitage says Notre Dame defensive line coach has been in touch with his coach at Blair Academy about camping in South Bend this summer.

“I think that I’m going to go to the Lineman’s Camp or the Irish Invasion, one of those two,” the 6-foot-5, 245-pounder says.

He doesn’t know a ton about Notre Dame at this point.

“I’m looking into it and I’m going to start looking into it more because I’ve heard it’s a really good school academically and the football team is amazing, so it’s a place I’d be considering for sure,” he said.

“I’m just going to be paying close attention to what Coach Elston is telling me and what kind of defense they run and all of that. I just want to get more of a sense of how they run it and how intense he is.

“I’m also going to be looking closely at the program. Say for example, if Coach Elston was going to leave, I still want to fit in and feel like I’m comfortable there. That’s big.”

He’s hoping the Irish like what they see as well.

“Hopefully they’ll see I’m quick off the line and using my hand a lot,” Armitage says. “Lots of moves, I’m going to try to get that down this spring.”

Several colleges have already seen enough as the native Canadian and seem to be convinced by the day. In one 24-hour span last week, he added offers from Michigan, LSU, Purdue, Duke, Maryland and Boston College to a list that already included Penn State, Virginia, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Syracuse. He later added Kentucky, West Virginia and Georgia Tech to that list.

“It’s pretty exciting, but (Blair Academy head coach Jim) Saylor has told me to stay humble because I still have two years and the offer doesn’t really mean anything because it can go away in the blink of an eye,” Armitage says. “I’ve just got to keep working academically and athletically.”

He made recent visits to Penn State, Syracuse, Rutgers and Virginia.

“They were pretty cool,” he says. “All of the campuses were amazing. I really enjoyed Penn State, that was pretty cool. They have some cool facilities.”

On his way to Notre Dame, Armitage plans on stopping to camp at Pitt.

His parents will be crucial to his ultimate decision.

“I have my parents supporting me for this. They told me right from the get-go that when I have to make that decision, they’ll be helping me. That’s going to play a big role because they’re going to know what’s best for me.”

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