Speedy Receiver Looking For First Offer

Opelika's Marquez Strickland talks about recruiting and his recent performance at a Scout.com Combine in Atlanta.

Opelika, Ala.--For receiver Marquez Strickland this spring has been quite a learning experience about the world of big-time college football recruiting. Following a breakthrough junior season at Opelika the 6-0 ½, 196 speedster says that while he doesn't have any offers to this point he's hoping that a recent solid performance at the Scout.com Combine in Atlanta will springboard him into the elite in Alabama.

"I don't have any offers yet," Strickland says. "I'm hearing from Louisville, Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and some others. A lot of them wanted me to come to their spring games, but I wasn't able to make it."

Although not from Georgia Strickland chose to compete in Atlanta instead of Tuscaloosa for a variety of reasons. While he knew the competition would be fierce, that wasn't the main reason he wound up on the campus of Georgia Tech.

"I got invited to the one in Tuscaloosa, but I couldn't make it because we've got the district track meet," Strickland says. "I got to choose another day and chose Atlanta. It was fun. It made it more fun to meet some new faces and learn some new teams. Hopefully I'll see these guys in the future and we'll already have a relationship."

Strickland is a threat to score anytime he touches the football for the Bulldogs.

Workout out side by side with some of the top receivers in the South including Willie White, Strickland did more than hold his own at the combine. Running a 4.50 40-yard dash and adding a vertical leap of 36 inches, Strickland showed his explosiveness in the testing. He then proved to be an excellent receiver as he made several nice grabs during the one-on-one portion of the combine. He says that he felt like he helped himself with his performance.

"It was everything I thought it would be," Strickland says. "It was real fun. I enjoyed it. There were a lot of good players there. There was a lot of competition. I enjoyed myself.

"I felt like I did pretty good," Strickland says. "I think my combine results were pretty good. My 40 wasn't what I expected, but it was all right. Overall it was a good camp. I had fun."

In his first real season as an offensive player Strickland was a star with the ball in his hands as he rushed for 561 yards on 56 carries and scored eight touchdowns during his junior season. He recorded 28 receptions for 487 yards and scored four touchdowns. He scored two touchdowns on returns as well.


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