Sooners and Venables Focused on Striker

Sooners Illustrated brings you an interview with Eric Striker, outside linebacker prospect out of Armwood HS in Seffner (FL). Striker had a big season last year on the gridiron and has reaped the benefits from it. Check inside to see what Striker had to say.

"He can really run, he has very good grades, he is a big hitter, and he understands the game of football."

That is a description of Eric Striker from his Head Coach, Sean Callahan. In that one sentence Coach Callahan's breakdown of Striker fits exactly what OU and Head Coach Bob Stoops is looking for in a prospect.

For the last two seasons Striker has been dominating on the football field. Standing at 6-foot-1 and 190-pounds Striker makes plays all over the field for his Armwood squad and has wreaked havoc on opposing quarterbacks over the last two years.

Sophomore year: 75-tackles, 17-tackles for loss and 11-sacks.

Junior year: 127-tackles, 18-sacks and five-forced fumbles.

After his junior year Striker was named First Team All-Hillsborough County Linebacker by the Tampa Tribune.

Due to his size and speed Striker is being recruited to play both linebacker and safety at the next level and currently claims around ten-scholarship offers. Striker says that out of the scholarships he currently possesses that he likes the Sooners and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Oklahoma defensive coordinator, Coach Venables offered Striker a scholarship a few months back and the fact that he is handling his recruitment is something that stands out to Striker.

"I think it's good," Striker said about his Oklahoma offer. "The good thing about Oklahoma is I got the defensive coordinator recruiting me. So that's just like a plus. He's recruiting me and he says he likes me. That makes me think I'm wanted there. If I go there I'll be good there especially if the defensive coordinator is recruiting me."

When talking to Striker about his relationship with Coach Venables it was obvious that he has done his research on the Sooners defensive coordinator to see what he brings to the table.

"Our relationship is good," Striker said about him and Coach Venables' relationship. "I think he is a good coach. He's got the 3-4 and the 4-3 (defense) over there and he's the defensive coordinator. I've seen him coach on that website, Soonersports.com. Of course he knows what he is doing. He's a good coach."

Striker talked about what it is about Oklahoma that interests him as well as touching on the fact that he wants to leave the Sunshine State for college.

"Its high level football," Striker said about the Sooners. "It's out of Florida. I do actually want to leave Florida to play football. I want to meet new people. I don't want to stay home. I want to see how it is when I'm away from my family and on my own. Just playing high level football is all good to me."

Striker has not been to Norman yet but says he will be in Norman in early June during the same weekend the Sooners hold their summer camp.

"I might do the camp. I know I'm going out there while they're doing the camp. I might do it but Coach Venables told me I don't have to," Striker explained.

Stick with Sooners Illustrated for more coverage in the future on the talented Florida prospect.


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