Recruiting: Shreveport OL still talking to OU

Shreveport, La. offensive lineman Doug Stroud talks about his interest in Oklahoma.

Doug Stroud, OL, 6-7, 350, 5.7, SHREVEPORT (EVANGEL CHRISTIAN HS) LOUISIANA:

JH: Aren't you guys off to a slow start?


DS: "We have played Springdale, Ark., Texas High out of Texarkana and Longview. We haven't been playing very well — we are 0-3 on the season. Our offensive line has been given our quarterback about eight seconds to throw the ball and we are averaging about six yards a run. So far our quarterback is not stepping up and throwing down field, so he is completing a bunch of swing passes. With the defenses understanding what we are doing, they just load up the box and eventually stop our running game."

JH: What position are you playing?

DS: "I am playing offensive and defensive tackle. The last game was my first time to play defensive line and had I had five tackles for losses. I almost got to the quarterback a couple of times, but he just threw the ball up in the air to avoid the sack."

JH: How are you grading out on offense?

DS: "On offense, I am grading out at 98 percent out of all three games. We don't keep pancake blocks, but I would say I have 10 to 11 in all three games."

JH: What do you think about playing so many tough national teams early in your season?

DS: "We have a national schedule early in the year and then we play in our district the rest of the year. We usually do really well in our district, because we have prepared against some great national teams.

JH: Have you enjoyed the fact that college coaches can start calling you again?

DS: "I really like the experience, but I try not to think about recruiting because I need to focus on my team. We are not off to a good start and I need to concentrate on us for a while. I do like talking to the coaches, but I am still trying to concentrate on the season."

JH: Have you set any visits yet?

DS: "No, sir. I still have to send the coaches that have offer tape of my first three games. Last year I played at 360 and I was way too heavy. Now I am playing at 340 and I am moving much better. I am gong to send tape to Florida, Michigan, Alabama, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.

"I have talked to Oklahoma a couple of times and I am still talking to them, but I can't tell how much they are interested in me. Oklahoma has not offered me and I need to get my film to them. Another school that I like is Ole Miss."

JH: Who are your favorites at this time?

DS: "My top school is Michigan followed by Florida and Alabama. All three schools are really high on my list. All three of these schools are still waiting to look at my film before they offer, but they all say they will offer me. I have not done a good job of sending my film out and dealing with my recruiting. I am playing catch up a little bit."


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