Strickland Talks Two Offers, Camps

South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) 2015 athlete Dontae Strickland has two verbal offers going into the summer after helping lead his team to a state title as a sophomore. The two-way athlete recently camped at Rutgers and is emerging as a top 2015 talent in the Garden State.

For now, South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) 2015 prospect Dontae Strickland sees himself as a running back but that could change. Still growing at 6-foot-, 180 pounds, colleges project him at multiple positions.

Rutgers and Virginia offered Strickland as an athlete during the spring evaluation period. He recently played running back at the Rutgers Friday night skills camp. With receiver and safety T.J. Taylor headed from South Brunswick to Rutgers, Stickland is expected to step into the spotlight for his 2013 squad.

"Right now I would like to play running back in college, but colleges look at me because I'm still growing," Strickland said. "They actually don't know where they should recruit me as, but running back is great. Receiver, I feel like I can do or defensive back."

Strickland learned of a Rutgers offer from his head coach, Joe Goerge, with Friday being his first chance to meet in-depth with the coaching staff.

"Mostly I spent time with [special teams coach Joe] Rossi but at the camp it was the running backs coach, coach [Norries] Wilson and some of their other coaches," he said. "It was an awesome experience finally introducing myself to them and them getting to see me and know who I am."

Strickland worked under Wilson at the camp and enjoyed a film revue session at the midway point.

"The first part if it I was probably a little nervous and the more I did and just played my game, I started improving," he said. "I did pretty well overall."

Virginia became Strickland's second offer during the spring evaluation period. The Cavaliers recently added fellow Middlesex County star Kye Morgan, who enters his second year in the program this summer, and were active with 2015's in the area during spring visits.

"They're a good program but I don't know a ton more about their football team yet as of now," Strickland said. "I'm not really focused on that yet, but I want to do more research about them and maybe visit."

Maryland, West Virginia, Connecticut and Pittsburgh scouted him during the spring evaluation period. Strickland added he may camp at UCLA this summer after receiving an invitation.

Maryland is a potential visit destination this summer or when games start in the fall, he said. Strickland also has interest in seeing West Virginia.

"I have a few friends that are graduating this year that are going to Maryland and they'd love me to come there for a visit and they can take me around the school," he said. "I watched their highlights on YouTube and it was really good. They're going to the Big Ten."


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