In this installment of The Recruiting Notebook, we meet a talented defender who brings elite talent to the Miami defensive line: Miami (FL) Central 5-star DL Armondo Blount.
In the effort to add elite defensive line talent to the roster, the Miami Hurricanes turned their attention to and recruiting effort to Miami (FL) Central DL Armondo Blount.
A dynamic 6’4” 250lb defender, Blount has the size that teams around the country covet, and the pedigree that solidifies him as a P5 prospect.
While Blount played his 2023 HSFB at Miami Central, he started his career at another well-known South Florida school: Ft. Lauderdale (FL) Dillard HS. There, he teamed with several Miami commits and targets — players like DB Antione Jackson, DE Nyjalik Kelly, and RB Chris Johnson — on the Panthers roster. It was at Dillard that Blount first showed himself as an elite prospect.
Dillard is an interesting school, because 8th graders can actually play up with the HS varsity team. Blount did just that in 2020, setting the stage for him to play a bigger role in 2021.
As a freshman in 2021, Blount had 13 sacks working opposite of Miami signee Nyjalik Kelly. Blount was named a MaxPreps Freshman All-American following the season. The on-field success didn’t stop there for Blount, however. As a sophomore in 2022, the talented defender had 16 sacks and 30 TFLs for a Dillard team that appeared in the FHSAA playoffs.
Here’s where things get fun. Following his sophomore season, Blount made the move to transfer from Dillard to Miami Central. HSFB transfer season in South Florida is as crazy as, if not crazier than, college transfer season. This move with Blount is a point on that chart.
Through his freshman and sophomore years (and after), Blount’s offer list understandably grew quite large. Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and USC all extended scholarships to Blount through those seasons.
Not only were there offers from schools, but Blount also took visits to schools. Miami, the first school to offer him back in 2021 as he, again, was teammates with several other Miami commits and targets, along with Florida, Florida State, and Alabama all got visits from Blount as he began to go down the path toward deciding his college destination.
Blount finally made a move early in 2023. Following an unofficial visit to Hard Rock Stadium for Miami’s non-conference win over Texas A&M, Blount committed to the hometown Hurricanes on September 14th. I wish the story ended there, but it didn’t.
After his commitment to Miami, rumors started swirling that Blount was actually not set in his path, and was considering flipping his commitment from Miami to a rival school: Florida State. Those whispers grew louder over time, and when Blount booked an unofficial visit to Tallahassee in October, things were pretty well set and settled. On that visit to FSU, Blount indeed flipped his commitment from the Canes to the Noles.
Around this time something else happened with Blount: he reclassified from 2025 to 2024, making him a current-year recruit suddenly. If you were paying attention earlier, he was a freshman in HS in 2021, but like other players who attended Dillard (his first HS), the opportunity/thought of reclassifying up a year was something that was on the table. Several other players — including 2023 Miami signee Antione Jackson (before Jackson asked for and was granted a release from his NLI with Miami) — had gone the reclassification route, and that was something that interested Blount. So, he did it.
After reclassifying up to 2024, things were quiet for a while. But, as the calendar ticked to December, there were rumors anew that Blount was reconsidering his commitment AGAIN, with Miami coming back into focus.
As the Early Signing Period grew closer, Blount made a final move: he took an official visit to Miami over the December 15th weekend. That visit proved to be the decisive one for the talented lineman. He flipped his commitment from FSU back to Miami, the first team to offer him a scholarship, the first team he was committed to, on the first day of the Early Signing Period.
If you’re wondering if Blount is worth all this hoopla and back and forth action, yeah, a 5-star lineman with multi-position ability is worth it. But, since you like numbers, I’ll give you some: 58 tackles, 19 TFL, 11 sacks, 4 FF and 2 FR for Blount as he helped Miami Central make it to the regional finals of the playoffs for their classification.
On the 247sports composite, Blount is a 5-star prospect, the #4 DL nationally, #5 in the State of Florida, and #22 player overall in this class. Elite, elite, elite.
Blount flipped his commitment back to Miami from previously being pledged to Florida State (and Miami before that), and he chose Miami over a list of 30 scholarship offers from around the country.
As A Player
A 6’4” 250lb lineman, Blount has the size to play at the highest levels of college football. He has SEC size, and that is something that Mario Cristobal has been working very hard to add to this Miami roster.
The first thing you notice after his size is Blount’s quickness. He routinely beats HS OL around the corner before they have a chance to react. His speed rush sets up counters back inside when OL start leaning/running to try and extend the edge to make him go around them. These moves and counters will only get better as he continues to develop.
Blount is very versatile, and able to play any spot along the DL in high school. He’ll keep some of that versatility, and have the ability to play inside or outside in college. Miami had success with true freshman All-American Rueben Bain — a Miami Central alum, btw — doing this in 2023, and Blount should be able to follow those footsteps in terms of multiple alignments and assignments. We’ll see if he’s able to step in as a freshman and have the same success as Bain.
Blount shows good timing on T-E stunts, and he’s way more athletic than most HS interior linemen, so those turn into free runs to the QB. Miami loves to run twist games with the defensive line, so expect to see Blount used in that way when he hits campus.
One thing that will change is the fact that Blount routinely lines up in a 2-point stance. While Miami defensive ends do stand up from time to time, expect to see him in a 3-point stance far more often when he hits the field in college.
For another look at Blount, here’s an eval from 247sports Director of Scouting Andrew Ivins:
A rosy defensive line prospect with a rare blend of twitch, power and bend. Not only owns elite throwing markers, but has tested in the upper percentile for his age. Has grown an inch or so since he first emerged on the recruiting scene down in South Florida and was believed to be hovering right around 6-foot-3.5, 250 pounds heading into his junior campaign. Will need to spend some time in the weight room before he’s ready to go on Saturdays, but has plenty of growth potential with larger features and verified additional length in the arms. Wins from both the inside and the outside. Could likely play a variety of different roles at the next level and already has experience working up and down the line of scrimmage. Active, heavy hands allow him to fight off blockers while a flexible lower half makes it easy for him to find leverage. Tends to bring plenty of energy each snap and isn’t one that’s looking to bail on a rush. Does a favorable job of keeping his eyes in the backfield and seems to understand gap discipline. However, is likely only going to get better as a run defender once he adds more mass. Totaled 13 sacks on varsity as a freshman before tallying 16 more as a sophomore. More notably, held his ground while facing a stout Bishop Gorman offensive line in one of the first games of his junior season. Will need to keep progressing, but should be viewed as one of the top overall prospects in the 2025 cycle given his early body of work and a potential difference-maker at the Power Five level.
- Positional versatility
- Technique (changing from mostly 2 point stance)
- Hand work
Note: changed this up from just a freshman-season outlook to a career outlook for each player a couple years ago and we’re continuing that style this year as well.
Blount brings game-ready size to the Canes roster, but it may take him a little bit to find the field. Miami has been stacking DL for the last few years (that’s a good thing, I promise) and unless Blount gains 30+lbs and moves to DT, he’ll have plenty of competition for snaps.
As I mentioned with Bain above, Blount’s ability to play both inside and outside will be a boon for Miami, and Blount’s playing time when he’s game ready. Once on the field, Blount should be able to push for all-conference honors given enough snaps. He’s a 5-star talent; for Miami to get back to the levels of success they greatly desire, Blount will need to play to the ceiling of his ability and elite potential.
Conversely, there have been several blue-chip DL that haven’t panned out in Coral Gables for whatever reason. Hopefully Blount is more the valued asset than “what could have been” in his career at Miami. But, at a minimum, he should be a rotation player for the Hurricanes, but his sights are set much higher than that.
That’s it for this installment of the Recruiting Notebook.