RECRUITING: OU, Texas could battle for Austin WR

Oklahoma hopes Austin, Texas wide receiver Fred Strong follows the path of Derrick Strait to Norman

FRED STRONG, WR, 6'2, 195, 4.4, AUSTIN, TEXAS:

It is a great year for wide receivers in Texas and Strong is one of the very best in the Lone Star State. Strong is big, strong and fast as he goes into his senior year as a three-year starter. And this year, he will add safety to his resume.

"I think I am a pretty good wide receiver, and to be honest all athletes that are talented think they are pretty good," said Strong. "That is the only way to feel if you want to be a great competitor. I feel I am a good team player and a good team leader as well. I enjoy the good things that people say about me."

Last season Strong finished the year with 32 catches for 770 yards and eight touchdowns. Those stats are very impressive when you consider that Strong missed two games with a strained shoulder. Strong went to the Texas camp last summer and he plans to go to the Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, LSU and A&M camps this summer. Strong benches 230 pounds, squats 310, starts in hoops (11 ppg) and he runs the 100M (10.6) and the spring relay (second leg) in track.

Strong has earned offers from Oklahoma, TCU and Oklahoma State, but he lives in Austin and you would think that Texas is at the top of his list.

"I want to go to a school that just fits me perfectly and I don't know if that will be Texas or not," said Strong. "If Texas offers me and that is the school where I feel the most comfortable then that is where I will go to school. I like Texas a lot and I don't know what I would do if they offered me. I might jump right on it, but I might not. This recruiting is getting crazy and I could commit to another school soon. I certainly would talk to my folks about it if Texas offered, but right now I am looking at some other very good schools.

"I like OU a lot and they are real interested in me and I have a genuine interest in them," Strong continued. "I am supposed to go to their camp June 2-4 and I will know a lot more about them when I return from their camp."

Strong met with the Texas coaches during a recent unofficial visit there and admits the meeting went well. However, Texas did not offer Strong at that time. Strong expects to meet with Texas Head Coach Mack Brown when he attends the Longhorns' summer camp one June 1 to see where he stands at that time. Needless to say, by the time June 5 rolls around Strong stands a good chance to be either a Sooner or a Longhorn.

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