Strickland Gets a Visitor

South Brunswick HS (NJ) athlete Dontae Strickland has just completed a strong junior season. Strickland played running back, kick returner, wide receiver, defensive back, linebacker, and defensive end. His talent as a back will earn him a college scholarship.

Profile - Dontae Strickland

Strickland received a visit this week from Georgia Tech Coach Bryan Cook. "He talked to my coach about everything: how I am doing in school, how my grades are, how my season went, what I am looking for in a college, and if I was opposed to looking to get far away from home for college."

Coach Cook left paper work for Strickland to fill out and an invitation to come down for a visit. Dontae has been invited to Georgia Tech's Junior Day. "That is something I plan on doing. I am extremely interested in Georgia Tech." Dontae likes the fact that Tech has always stayed in touch with him. "I talked with them all summer." Dontae also likes that Tech wants him as a student in addition to being a football player.

Tech is looking at Strickland to play either of their running back positions. " Coach Cook told my coach I had the talent to stay on the field and be able to switch between the A Back and B Back positions." Strickland feels that B Back would be his primary position. " It wouldn't matter to me as long as I can get on the field and stay there."

Running back was Strickland's primary position this season. Dontae ran 1,033 yard and 12 TD's. He also ran two kick-offs back for TD's, had several TD's as a receiver, and made between 40 and 50 tackles on defense. "I played where the coach needed me to play."

Dontae is now looking forward to his transcripts and paper work to being cleared. "My offer from Georgia Tech will come once they're cleared and they will be up high on my list. I can really see myself down in Atlanta playing for the Jackets."

Don't expect an early decision from Strickland. He will likely make his decision during his senior season. Dontae will be looking to see how fast he can get on the field. Strickland hopes to major in business or communication. "The last factor in choosing a school will be if my family can either see me in person or watch me on TV."


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