WR Prospect Keeping Options Open

Marquez Strickland is hearing from many schools, but has no early favorites.

Opelika, Ala.--Receiver prospect Marquez Strickland of Opelika High School says he is hearing from a large number of colleges and is keeping his options open while focusing his attention on his school work and track season.

"I'm hearing from a lot of schools," Strickland says. "Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt, LSU, Mississippi State, Virginia, Southern Miss, Louisville, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Clemson. There's a whole list of schools. I've gotten more letters from Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Southern Miss and Clemson."

Strickland (6-2, 198) adds that he doesn't have any firm offers or favorites at this point.

"Right now I'm just keeping my options open," he says. "It would be nice to stay close to home, but I might change my mind once I get away from home. I'm probably going to narrow it down to my top five, announce that, and then I'll go from there."

The speedy receiver, who runs the 100 meters, 200 meters, 4x100 and 4x400 at Opelika High, holds a 3.0 GPA and a 17 on the ACT. He says he is working on those numbers this semester so they won't become an issue down the line.

"Right now I'm just trying to get my grades down and get this semester down so I won't have any problems my last year--get good grades and about a 20 on the ACT," Strickland says. "I'm lifting weights and working out hard and getting ready for spring training because that's coming up in about two weeks. I'm just trying to make my grades so I won't have anything to worry about next year."

As a junior, Strickland ran 56 times for 561 yards with eight TDs and caught 28 passes for 487 yards and four TDs.

With track meets nearly every Saturday, Strickland hasn't been able to check out any campuses or spring practices so far this spring, but he hopes to make a couple of visits soon.

"I plan on going to Georgia Tech when they practice," he notes. "I missed Auburn's A-Day game because we had a track meet that Saturday. Alabama is going to have one this Saturday, but I have a track meet. I'm going to try to go up to Louisville and see one of their practices."

Strickland plans on attending the Scout.com combine in Tuscaloosa on April 29.

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