Oregon Football Recruiting: What Arik Armstead's Verbal Means for Ducks

Christopher NicholasContributor IIIJanuary 29, 2012

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 19: Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks smiles before the game against the USC Trojans at Autzen Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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With less than five days until National Signing Day, Arik Armstead has verbally committed to the University of Oregon, according to The Sacramento Bee. This means a number of things. 

1) Oregon may have an off year in 2012, but by 2013 the Ducks will be back on top of the Pac-12. While that may seem obvious, this class is already loaded with the type of talent the Ducks have been building on the last couple of years.

2) Chip Kelly will be around for at least another two years. While the coach considered going to the NFL, this may change his mind. With a recruiting class like this one (still pending), Kelly may want to add a couple of National Championships to his resume. 

3) This may sway recruits like Shaq Thompson and other one-time Cal commit Ellis McCarthy to come to Oregon. It has been said that the Armstead brothers would go to college together, which dictated that they would go somewhere else. But now, with Thompson re-opening his recruiting, he may want to follow a friend and continue to create the Oregon dynasty. Expect some more high-profile recruits to at least consider Oregon.                          

With NSD mere days away, there is still time for Armstead to change his mind, but I doubt that will happen. Expect Oregon's D to suddenly get a boost and even more confusion to decipher what Oregon will line as, 4-3 or 3-4. My guess is you see more of a 3-4/5-2 look.