The Stanford Cardinal class of 2021 got a bit stronger just ahead of the 2020 season opener against Oregon when defensive end Aaron Armitage pledge his services to head coach David Shaw and company this week.
Armitage is a top-200 player on the 247Sports Composite rankings system and is a four-star recruit with rankings as high as the 15th-best defensive end on the composite. He’s the consensus third-best prospect from the state of New Jersey, standing at 6’4, 242.
He had at least 37 other scholarship offers and was long thought as a lock for the USC Trojans.
247Sports compares Armitage to current Minnesota Vikings pass-rusher Danielle Hunter.
Plus length with good shoulder width to add size, strength. Carries 242 pounds like it is 220. Position flexibility as defensive end/3-technique ability. Agile with 4.43 short shuttle. Strong with hands. Athletic with burst. Stop-start ability. Flexibility and body control to manipulate body to get through gaps. Strong lower body. Runs down line of scrimmage and pursues backside. Has to develop technique. Relies on speed and power. Needs to play with lower pad level with more consistency. Has to continue to improve lower body flexibility and be able to bend on the needs more. Increasing upper body strength important. Multi-year starter at Top 20 program.
Armitage has documented athletic measurables of 4.43 shuttle time, a 30.30-inch vertical and measured at the measurables above during The Opening Regional last April.
He’s a huge get for the Cardinal and ranks as the lone four-star recruit in the class so far and by far the highest-rated recruit in this class to date.
Welcome to Stanford, Aaron! Great choice!