Strickland Still Waiting For The Call

As the 2006 football season draws closer to a beginning one of Alabama's top Class 6A football players is still looking for his first offer. Opelika's Marquez Strickland talks about that and more inside along with his camp plans.

Opelika, Ala.--This summer has been a busy one for speedy wide receiver Marquez Strickland from Opelika High School.

One of Alabama's best athletes in the state for the Class of 2007, Strickland says that he continues to hear from schools all over the South, but is still waiting on that elusive first scholarship offer to come in the mail.

"I'm hearing from Southern Miss, UAB, Georgia Tech, Troy, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State," Strickland tells Inside The Auburn Tigers.

"I still don't have an offer yet. I talked with Coach (Shawn) Raney from UAB and I told him about my ACT score and he said if I came up and showed what I can do and the wide receivers coach liked me that I might be able to pick up an offer there. I made an 18 on the ACT. It a big relief to get the score back. I think I might take it again to see if I can get a 20. It was a big sigh of relief because now I won't have that pressure on me like I did before."

Strickland had a strong junior season for Opelika with 561 rushing yards on 56 carries and scored eight touchdowns along with 28 receptions for 487 yards and four touchdowns. He scored two touchdowns on returns as well.

Recently Strickland was one of a large group of players who attended Auburn's Senior Camp. Measuring in at 5-11 1/2, 187 pounds and running back-to-back times of 4.44 and 4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Strickland more than held his own with the top receivers in attendance. He says that the camp gave him confidence heading into the rest of the summer.

"I think I did real well," Strickland says. "I was in the best group of receivers. He put us all into groups and I was in that group. I think I did real well. I have gotten some letters since then. At the time they said I did real well and they liked what they saw. They said they would keep in contact with me. That's what a lot of schools are saying."

Since then Strickland has spent his time working out with his high school teammates to get ready for the 2006 season. Attending several 7-on-7 tournaments, the Bulldogs are looking to build on last season's 12-2 mark that included a loss to Daphne in the semi-finals.

Strickland says that he's anxious to keep things going forward as he gets ready for his senior year. In the meantime he's looking to impress as many schools as possible in the hopes he gets the offer he's been looking for.

"It's going pretty good," Strickland says. "I have talked with a lot of coaches. We just came back from a passing camp down in Mobile. I went to the Auburn camp a couple of weeks ago and I plan on going to the Southern Miss one-day camp next Saturday. I'm also going to try to make it to UAB's camp on the 29th. We'll see how that goes.

"I'm still surprised that I haven't picked up an offer yet, but I think in due time it will come," he adds. "I think that I'm a good enough athlete that it will get here."

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