The Skinny on California signee Carlos Strickland from Greg Powers, Midlands Analyst: Strickland is the tall and wiry-strong wide receiver who always seems to be open. He runs clean routes and then uses his size and reach to make sure catches. One of his best attributes is his blocking ability. He takes those snaps as seriously as the ones where his number is called. He is a weapon in the red-zone using his size to make a mismatch over smaller defensive backs. He is a pretty good route runner as well. Just very well-rounded.
BT’s Take: Carlos Strickland pulled the trigger and committed to the Bears after decommitting from Texas Tech. Cal beat out the Red Raiders, as well as Texas and UCLA for a high-academic, and high-achieving receiver, ranked the 101st player overall in the Scout300.
Strickland is unquestionably the jewel of this class, and the fact that the Bears were able to beat out the Red Raiders, Longhorns and Bruins for him shows that this staff’s recruiting acumen is growing. He’s taking four Advanced Placement classes, so he’s not only choosing Cal for the Bear Raid – he exemplifies what Dykes has called “a Cal fit.”
A Semper Fidelis All-American, Strickland got an earful from Powell during the week of practice, and once the dead period lifted, got more from Pierre Ingram, who replaced Rob Likens as the outside receivers coach. Having a long, lean, athletic guy like Ingram coach up Strickland is going to pay a lot of dividends, and should shorten the lines of communication.
Strickland easily has the most impressive film in this class. He’s a tall, athletic wide receiver who changes direction very smoothly and is sneaky fast. Remind you of anyone? It should. The best comparison here is San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen, but a shade taller, at 6-foot-4. He is faster than Allen, with a 4.48 40 time.
Sonny’s Take: Carlos is one of the elite wide receivers in the country. He has the exact size and speed everyone is looking for. When you put the film on I don’t know that anyone has a better combination of that in the entire country. He can go get the ball. We’re really fortunate that he has chosen to become a part of our program. He has an opportunity to get on the field relatively quickly and become a special player.”
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