Golden Nuggets: Top Prospect Arik Armstead Considers Cal for Football AND Basketball

If the Bears land Arik Armstead, it will be a big gain for both the football and basketball teams. The four star prospect is serious about being a dual-sport athlete and both Tedford and Montgomery are onboard with the idea.

Arik Armstead, rated the nation's top overall college football prospect by Scout.com, wants to be a two-sport athlete in college.

Cal hopes he decides to become the next Tony Gonzalez and bring his multisport talents to Berkeley.

"I know about Tony Gonzalez," said Armstead, referring to the future NFL Hall of Fame tight end. "He was a guy who did it at a high level in both sports, and he went to Cal, so it's big."

Armstead apparently is so good he can't decide whether he wants to play offensive tackle or defensive end in college. Make no mistake, he also wants to play power forward.

"It's definitely serious," Armstead said. "I'm going to play both in college so the balance of both programs will be a big factor in my decision."
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Both [coaches] are on board with the idea, he said. Tedford "is good with everything. He said he and coach Montgomery would work it out. Cal's definitely a serious contender."

If he picks Cal, Armstead will be back in Berkeley soon. He is completing online work in order to graduate midyear from Pleasant Grove High and wants to enroll in college for the spring semester, in time to practice with the basketball team and prep for spring football.

After the jump Aaron Rodgers is named AP's male athlete of the year, Jerome Randle turns in a big performance for Dallas, and the women's basketball team continues to dominate on defense.

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