By Joe Davidson
You have to love "sources" in the new social media world where everyone scrambles to get it first.
In the NBA, I have a source that tells me "sources" that break trade rumors or assistant coaching hires are actually agents who want that news to get out.
On the high school and college sporting front, I don't know how a source can be any more in tune, in touch or iron-clad than the immediate family.
Let's take Arik Armstead, the national recruit football linemen from Pleasant Grove High who is with his brother Armond and dad Gus in Alabama as we type away here for a recruiting trip to visit the Auburn Tigers.
I talked to Arik at length earlier and to his dad, too, and contrary to fast-circulating reports, the 6-foot-8, 290-pound linemen man mover is not formally enrolled at Cal, meaning he is not a for-sure lock to be a Bear. Could Armstead wind up a Bear?
Absolutely, and that's my guess. But at the moment, not true.
What has caused confusion is Armstead's name appearing in the Cal student directory online. This is a common tactic for student/athletes who aspire to graduate from high school early and enroll into college immediately.
But here's the important element here: it's not unique to have a recruit's name listed in a directory and he never showing up. If anything, it's a holding-pattern situation so if Armstead does indeed decide on Cal, he has a head start with a course load.
And this clincher: Armstead, or any student, must attend classes at a college to formally become a member of that institution.
The Armstead family will announce late this weekend which college Armstead will call home.
I don't need a source for that. That comes from the family themselves. We'll have a Bee story Saturday that looks into Armstead's decision to graduate early, to leave his Pleasant Grove basketball buddies behind and the hopes of playing at least one college season with brother Armond, who wants to transfer from USC.
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