Armstrong, a 6-for-2, 210-pound linebacker, signed Tuesday morning to continue his football career at Division III LaGrange College.
It feels real good to get this weight off my chest, Armstrong said.
He is the first Walker County football player to sign college papers this year, choosing LaGrange over DII power Carson-Newman.
I went down for a weekend visit and stayed with some of the players and its just like it is here, he added with a smile. Everyone drives big trucks down there. Its just like Gordon Lee.
He said the idea of playing earlier was another deciding factor.
From the weights to the equipment, everything down there is brand-new, he said. Carson-Newman was nice too and they have a really good program, but I thought Id get to play quicker at LaGrange.
The Panthers are an independent DIII program coming off their inaugural season.
LaGrange went 0-10 last fall.
Armstrong starred on the defense for the Trojans this past fall, finishing with 105 tackles, five sacks, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Hes been a four-year player and a real leader for us, said Gordon Lee head coach Kevin McElhaney. He works very hard and hes very deserving of being able to get this opportunity. Were real proud of him here.
He is projected as an outside linebacker at LaGrange.
Hes got to work on his speed, but hes willing to pay the price to get better, McElhaney added. Hes got a big upside and I wouldnt be surprised to see him at inside linebacker one day because of his mentality and physical approach to the game.
Armstrong says he plans to major in either biology or education and would one day like to teach science and coach football