Class of 2022 offensive lineman Julian Armella has announced he’ll be transferring to Christopher Columbus High School.
After originally planning on attending Gulliver Prep, Armella has flipped the switch, joining a loaded Columbus offensive line.
Four-star Ryan Rodriguez, who’s committed to the University of Miami, led the Explorers’ offensive line last season, serving as an integral piece to their 8A state championship run, defeating Apopka in a 21-20 victory back in December.
His ability to be an anchor at left tackle last season helped Columbus and Ole Miss signee running back Henry Parish total 2,300-yards rushing. Rodriguez’s impressive junior year earned him First Team All-State and First Team All-Dade (8A-6A) honors.
“Just looking forward to working with him,” Rodriguez said regarding his new teammate. “We’re going to have him embrace the Columbus culture and get ready to win another state title.”
Armella comes off a picture-perfect season with St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the top high school programs in the country. The Raiders completed the perfect 15-0 season, capturing the Class 7A State Title, and beating Saint Louis (Hawaii) in the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series to become the high school national champions.
Listed at 6-foot-6, 300 pounds, Armella is ranked a five-star by Rivals.com. He recently dropped his ‘top ten’ schools, including Miami (FL), Florida, Michigan, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, FSU, Alabama, and Ohio State.