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Miami S Armstrong skipping NFL Draft, will return

Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:09 am
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Posted by Chip Patterson

With no postseason in their future and a roster full of NFL-caliber talent, many of the notable early declarations for the 2012 NFL Draft have come from Miami. But after wide receiver Tommy Streeter, defensive lineman Marcus Forston, and running back Lamar Miller all made their intentions known, one highly touted prospect has decided to return for one more year in Coral Gables.

CBSSports.com's Brian London reports that junior safety Ray-Ray Armstrong will return for his senior season, electing not to join his fellow underclassmen in the NFL Draft. CBSSports.com currently has Armstrong ranked as the No. 2 strong safety in the 2012 draft class, just behind Alabama's Mark Barron.

Armstrong was suspended from the first four games of the 2011 season as a result of impermissible benefits received from former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro. He was also forced to repay the nearly $800 in benefits he allegedly received from Shapiro and others during his recruiting. But after five productive games of getting back into the rotation on defense, Armstrong was shelved once again after putting his eligibility in jeopardy with a female friend. This friend happened to be president of PR Group, and tweets about their dinner at Prime 112 had the NCAA interested in determining if violations were committed.

The highly-touted safety was suspended for Miami's 23-19 loss to Florida State, but then cleared after the pair proved no wrongdoing at the dinner. Armstrong finished the season with only seven games of action, registering 34 tackles, one forced fumble and an interception.

Armstrong's decision is not particularly surprising, especially considering his limited chances to promote himself to NFL scouts. The frequent run-in's with eligibility concerns may also throw red flags to NFL organizations, so it would benefit the junior to return with goals of a complete season to showcase his talent. Armstrong has shown great potential in what little time he has spent on the field for the Hurricanes, but could arguably improve his stock significantly with another season at "The U." 

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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Miami S Armstrong skipping NFL Draft, will return

The NFL doesn't care if he takes money, so that isn't the reason Ray Ray needs to return.  Maybe Ray Ray will turn out to be one of those players who is intelligent enough to realize that a college degree is still worth a lot, and that a long stay in the NFL isn't really guaranteed for anyone.  Due to the non-guaranteed nature of NFL contracts, injured players are routinely released, saving the teams millions of dollars while the players lose out on money for which they already paid commissions to their agents.  
 
There are a lot of "wrong" things going on at Miami, but Ray Ray Armstrong returning to school is one of the few "right" things happening there.  Congrats to Ray Ray on a great decision.  Ex-players with degrees have a lot easier time of it if they want to get hired, especially in broadcasting, than those who don't have degrees.  Whether he fully knows it or not, Ray Ray Armstrong has just made his long-term future a lot brighter.  A lot of athletes should pay close attention to his example.


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