October 19, 2013

Dallas star watching recruiting stock catch fire

You'll be hard-pressed to find a player whose stock has shot up in the past couple months as Carlos Strickland.

The Dallas Skyline receiver has but putting up big numbers and college coaches have taken notice. Strickland picked up offers from LSU, Illinois and Texas Tech this week to go along with previous offers from Oklahoma State, SMU and TCU.

A host of other schools - including Texas, Oregon, Alabama, Florida State, Stanford, Oklahoma, Cal, Southern Cal and Georgia - have also been showing interest.

"It feels really good," Strickland said of the recognition. "Just a couple months ago, i was just a regular guy. Now I'm getting a lot of exposure, making big plays - it's all good. I just have to keep it up."

Heading into this weekend, Strickland had recorded 590 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns on 23 catches. The 6-4, 197-pounder clocks in the low 4.5s in the 40-yard dash, and he's used his size and speed to make plays all over the field this fall.

One school that has begun to show an increased interest is the Texas Longhorns.

"They've been sending me letters in the mail. I haven't really talked to the coaches but they're sending letters, showing me more interest," Strickland said.

Last weekend, Strickland took in Texas' win over Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry.

"It was really nice - the atmosphere was crazy, the fans were crazy. There were a lot of people there. It was packed," Strickland said. "It was a good experience for me.

"The outcome, Texas came out and played hard. I was kind of surprised how the played. Normally they start sluggish, but they had to pick it up. It was crazy, but it was a good job by them."

Strickland says he never really had one favorite school growing up. As more schools enter the picture, he's keeping an open mind.

"To me, I don't even know really who would be on my list," he said. "I'm just trying to play it by ear. I'm pretty open."

If Texas was to offer, the Longhorns would receive strong consideration.

"They would be up there. Texas, I really like it - it's close to home, they have a good football team. It would be a nice fit for me," Strickland said.

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