Cypress Ranch linebacker Brayden Stringer is receiving offers and interest from all over the country.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound linebacker has confirmed offers from Wisconsin, Texas Tech, Fresno State, and Eastern Michigan among others, with interest from Texas A&M, Arizona State, and Duke.
"I'm enjoying the process and taking it day-by-day. Not all high schoolers get this chance... I'm blessed to have all the schools I have right now. I know wherever I go, I'll find a spot to play for sure."
You may have seen Stringer play on Fox Sports-Southwest back in December. Head Coach Gene Johnson's Mustangs faced off against the Allen Eagles in the 6A Division I State Championship, ultimately losing 47-16 to the perennial power. The All-District 1st Team linebacker notched several solo tackles in that game to cap off a great season.
"We had a pretty good run going to state and all. It's been fun so far, this whole recruiting thing for me."
Stringer played Will linebacker in Cy-Ranch's 3-4 defense (very similar to the scheme Tech fans saw in Lubbock last season). Coaches at the next level like Stringer's versatility and have talked to him about playing at different spots.
"Every college has a different opinion of me. I play well side-to-side. I'm pretty explosive, I like to hit, and coaches see that. I think that stands out to some of the bigger colleges. I talked to Zac Spavital, the assistant coach, Tech is looking at me as a Will linebacker, Wisconsin wants me to stay inside... Fresno State saw me as outside or inside. I'll play whatever. I want to stay on defense, though, for sure."
With schools from seemingly every corner of the country getting in contact with him, and with Stringer interested in taking some unofficials this summer, he's got a lot of traveling to do. His first stop is in Madison, Wisconsin, this weekend to catch the Badgers' Spring Game. After that, he will effort to make an unofficial to Lubbock; Texas Tech extended an offer earlier this month.
"Me and Coach [Zac] Spavital had talked on Twitter for about a week and a half, he ended up coming out that Thursday and then we talked after practice, he's a really cool dude and I enjoyed talking with him. Then he told me he'd have to talk to his DC and see what happens, and then he called me that night and that's when he offered me."
Stringer isn't very familiar with Texas Tech yet, and didn't have a favorite team growing up, but is interested in learning more about the program when he takes the trip to Lubbock.
"I know they've always been a known program, they've got a fairly new coach, I think they're trying to build on the new coach. I'm going up for a visit, me and my dad will probably be going up there pretty soon. Growing up I never had a college team that I followed. I don't know a whole lot about Tech, but I know that they're a pretty good football team. I'll definitely be taking an official to Tech."
The Houston-area defender spoke more about his interest in schools:
"I'm still kinda taking it day by day, judging who I enjoy. I really never had a favorite college team so it's making it kinda easier for me. I'm not leaning one way. I'm kind of an open book right now."
His timeline is more immediate than one would think, given the neutrality Stringer has towards his suitors. The prospect will take unofficials this summer and hopes to have his mind made up before next season starts.
"I would like to commit sometime after spring ball. After that I'm probably gonna start narrowing it down, and see where I want to go to. Probably sometime after spring."
With more offers on the way for the athletic linebacker prospect, it's certainly shaping up to be a busy summer for Stringer.
Stringer has offers from Eastern Michigan, Fresno State, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, North Texas, Texas Tech, Toledo, Tulsa, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. He lists interest from Texas A&M, Arizona State, and Duke.
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