Spotlight 2015: ATH Dontae Strickland

South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) has another Division I prospect in its ranks and he is set for a Rutgers visit Saturday for spring practice. A 2015 athlete prospect, Dontae Strickland looks to follow in the footsteps of other playmakers that went from South Brunswick to major college football.

South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) 2015 prospect Dontae Strickland already has multiple fond memories at Rutgers and will make another Saturday when he unofficially visits campus for a spring practice.

Strickland went off for more than 150 total yards and two touchdowns on the Rutgers field turf during a state championship victory as a sophomore and knows the program well after seeing three fellow Vikings sign with Rutgers in the last five years.

Strickland has built-in relationships with the program and is excited for another chance to speak with head coach Kyle Flood.

"I know him pretty well," Strickland said. "I knew [defensive coordinator Robb Smith] very well but he ended up leaving, so now it's just coach Flood."

Strickland will visit campus Saturday with signed teammate Taylor. While on campus he will have a close eye on Rutgers cornerback Jevon Tyree, another South Brunswick graduate.

Now Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu also speaks well of Rutgers and Flood when talking to Strickland.

"He runs the program very well and he has the respect of everyone at the school," Strickland said. "He's in South Brunswick a lot and has been telling that they really want to see me in my junior and senior year at South Brunswick and play football at Rutgers."

Strickland does not have a verbal scholarship offer but said he talks with both Rutgers and Connecticut. Set for multiple combines before the start of his junior year, Strickland's goal is to get his name out in the region for when schools can reach out to him starting in September.

With Taylor gone, the 6-foot, 180-pound athlete is set to step into a bigger role with South Brunswick, where he played a key role as a sophomore in winning a state title over Manalapan.

"It was special because that day I was thinking I wanted to put on a show for everybody and for us to win.," he said. "… It's something that will stand out on my resume. For us to win and for me to play so well is big for my career."

Strickland plays multiple positions for South Brunswick but projects best as a running back or strong safety at the next level. Rutgers is the lone college visit he has set up at this time.

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