For much of the week of practice for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, Carlos Strickland sat on the sideline, injured. After Strickland committed to Texas Tech, back in late October, it seemed as though California was sidelined, too.
Not so fast.
#Cal rallied nicely to land Strickland, credit new Bears WR coach Pierre Ingram on this one, has strong Dallas ties— Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) January 28, 2015
“I’m definitely doing better now,” laughed Strickland, who’s been ready to bust for quite some time now. “I’ve actually been committed to the coaching staff for about a week now, so it’s good to finally let everybody know that I’m going to be a Golden Bear.”
While departed wide receivers coach Rob Likens was Strickland's main recruiter for the past several months before leaving for Kansas to take the offensive coordinator job it was Pierre Ingram who first offered Strickland, and picked up when Likens left. That relationship grew stronger and stronger, and on Tuesday, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound four-star made the call for Cal, despite many thinking he would wind up at UCLA or Texas.
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The talented Strickland – who was swayed during the Semper Fi week by early-enrollee Lonny Powell -- becomes the sixth wide receiver in the class, and the second big body the Bears are bringing in, along with the first commit of the cycle: 6-foot-5 Austin Aaron.
Strickland is also the eighth recruit out of the South brought on by Sonny Dykes and company, in a now-23-man class.
Strickland becomes the highest-rated player in the class, and is the No. 14 wide receiver in the nation, the second-best wide receiver in the state of Texas and the second-ranked player in the Midlands region.
Strickland made his official visit to Berkeley back in October, and was quite enchanted with the amount that Cal throws the ball.
Strickland becomes the third Cal commit this week, following defensive back Keith Washington and wide receiver Brandon Singleton.