Stritzinger Building Bond With Michigan

Warren (Mich.) De La Salle sophomore RB Allen Stritzinger talks Michigan interest and more.

MCCOOK, Ill. -- Sophomore running back Allen Stritzinger is rising up the recruiting ranks -- and on Saturday he showed why -- dazzling onlookers with his speed and athleticism at the Aididas Top Ten Combine held in the suburbs of Chicago.

"I am here just to perform to the best of my ability," Stritzinger said. "Run a good 40 time, shuttle time, and really focus on the combine. That's really what I am focused on."

Recruiting wise, Stritzinger has been receiving notable interest from Western Michigan, Toledo and Cincinnati, who have all offered the four-star prospect.

Michigan has been ramping up its interest in Stritzinger too. In fact, he has already started to build a relationship with a certain U-M coach.

"I am talking with Coach [Tyrone] Wheatley right now, he's the running back coach," Stritzinger said of Michigan."We're talking general things right now. He was to wait a little bit, come up to the camp and then we'll talk further from that point."

Michigan holds its annual summer camp in mid-June.

"I'm going into that camp I just want to perform well," Stritzinger said. "Just show them I can play to the best if my abilities. Show them that I am a good athlete."

And if the Wolverines were to offer?

"It would be a honor, a true honor," Stritzinger said. "Being in Michigan and getting a Michigan offer is a big deal.

"It would put them real high. Whoever is interested in me - that's who I am with."

Upcoming, Stritzinger says he has visits with Northwestern, Michigan State and Michigan with a certain idea of what he's looking for on those visits.

"To see where I fit in basically," Stritzinger said. "Base on offense and defense, depending where they want to play once I get there. [Schools] are recruiting me as an athlete, so we don't really know what position I am going to be playing once that time comes."

That being said, does he have a position of preference?

"That's the decision of my life right there," Stritzinger said. "I love both positions."

Adding: "Myself I just feel like I am loose player. I can put in where I feel needed."

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