Armstead highlights Ducks' recruiting class

ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer Published:

The Oregon Ducks were assured of one prized recruit a few days before his letter of intent was due on coach Chip Kelly's desk.

Arik Armstead, a defensive end from Pleasant Grove High School in Northern California, announced on Sunday that he had selected the Ducks over USC, Washington, Notre Dame, California, and UCLA.

The 6-foot-8, 295-pound Armstead, considered by many to be a five-star recruit, wants to play both football and basketball for the Ducks.

On Twitter, he proclaimed: "Eugene here I come."

It became official on Wednesday, when the Ducks announced their 21-member 2012 recruiting class. Oregon signed eight players on offense, 10 on defense, two athletes and one specialist, a punter.