"I really love..."

Marietta (Ga.) wide receiver Michael Strickland has received his first and only offer from Oregon this past week. He says that he favors the Ducks now over New Mexico State, San Diego State, Purdue and Missouri Southern (Div 2).

"I was at a combine held at Oregon last spring so I've been able to get out there and check them out already. They've got a great campus and some great facilities there," said Strickland, from Walton High School.

"I really love the program at Oregon. All the coaches that I've spoken with from there have all been real nice, and they've got an unreal field over there. When I was there for that combine last spring I got to walk out of their tunnel that leads onto the field, and it was the most exciting thing that I've ever seen. I'd like to work with a coaching staff like the one they got at Oregon," he said.

"Coach (John) Neal (secondary) has done a great job of recruiting me so far. He's really helped me out with this entire process, by just being up front and honest with me. He's never lied to me and I really appreciate that. He came all the way out from Oregon to see me in Georgia…I mean, they gave me that offer on Tuesday (5/10) so that says a lot about him.

"My brother called me up today to say he was just thrilled to hear they offered," said Strickland. "My dad and the rest of my family are rally excited about it too. I think the coaching staff and the facilities there are what separates the program from others that are out there. And I hear they get close to 80,000 people in attendance at their big games. I'd love to play for a crowd like that.

"I hear they get some bad showers there every once in a while, but that doesn't bother me coming from Georgia. As long as I go to a program that's going to offer me a good education and a good football experience, then I've got no worries really. I don't mind heading out West.

"Purdue and SDSU are my #2 and #3 schools for right now. One of the coaches from Purdue came to my school today. I forget his name but he told me that they have a great history program there and that's what I plan on majoring in. I hear they've got an amazing atmosphere and it's one of the most amazing places out there to visit.

"I got to see SDSU's campus when I was out in the San Diego area this past fall. See, my brother Tim Strickland (safety), plays football for Princeton, so I got to go to their game when they were out in California playing against the University of San Diego. I think SDSU is a great location. They've got a nice field and a real nice program there," he said.

"I'm being recruited as both a wide receiver and as a DB. I really like both of the positions and I don't have a preference for one over the other.

"I've got good vision on the field and I see what most people don't. I've also got good hands and I love jumping up for the ball. This year on defense I'm just trying to work on not letting myself get beat deep down the field."

Bench: 250 Squat: 405 Power Clean: 285 Vert Jump: 32"

Final JR (12-2) stats: 36 catches/550 yds/10 TDs

2.8 GPA/1050 SAT (old version)--May retest

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