USC received a commitment from a 2012 recruit Arik Armstead, a 6-foot-7, 270-pound two-sport athlete who plans to play both football and basketball in Southern California in two years. ESPN.com writes:
Armstead marks the first verbal commitment USC basketball has received after learning that the NCAA would not sanction the program further following self-imposed sanctions.
USC will have one less scholarship to give next season as a result of those sanctions, but should be back to full strength in the years to come.
With football, Armstead should go into that situation with plenty of first-hand information. His brother, Armond, is a current junior and plays defensive end on that team.
As far as playing two sports at a high level? Pac-10 athletes have found that it definitely isn’t easy.
As Armstead will join both programs, the basketball team gets the benefit of a power foward without having to apply a valuable scholarship. Rules stipulate that two-sport athletes who play on the football team must accept the scholarship from the football team.