Maryland in Strickland's Top Three

Georgia running back Charod Strickland counts Maryland as one of his top college options.

Arlington Christian School (Fairburn, Ga.) RB Charod Strickland has shown interest in a handful of Division 1 programs, including Kentucky and Illinois. But the 2011 prospect ranked Maryland as one of his top three possibilities – the other two being Furman and Eastern Kentucky.

Although Strickland hasn’t earned any offers, he brings versatility to the table as a multi-sport athlete. Scouts at both Savannah State and Armstrong Atlantic (Savannah, Ga.) have recruited him to play baseball at their respective schools.

“I’m leaning toward football, but I’d like to play both sports” in college, Strickland said. “I would have to check class schedules, but I think I could do it.”

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound standout, who runs a 4.55 40-yard dash, cited his competitiveness as the biggest personal asset which should help him excel on the field. “What I think I need to work on would probably be my speed,” said Strickland.

Strickland got a chance to showcase his ability for Maryland coaches at a June 20 camp in College Park. He said he ran a 40-yard dash, short shuttle and jumped a vertical.

Strickland added that he reveled in the atmosphere of College Park. “Everybody’s relaxed,” he said. Maryland’s “campus was very nice….They had a very nice weight room and they got a really good tradition, so I like that.”

While Strickland called himself “cool, laid back and relaxed” off the field, he told a different story of his on-field personality. “On the field, I’m very competitive. I really want to win on the field.”

And he seems to relish the challenges that football places on him. He said he “loves” waking up at 6 a.m. to work out and gets a charge out of pushing himself to improve.

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