JC Lineman Has Several Options

Citrus (Calif.) College tackle Chris Stringer has numerous options as he looks for a place to sign in time for fall...

Citrus (Calif.) College offensive tackle Chris Stringer (6-7, 305) has several suitors as he looks for a place to play in time for fall.

That he has the chance to sign somewhere this spring and play in time for fall was a long process.

"I got a special waiver to go through about my eligibility," said Stringer. "The waiver went through, so now I have four years to play three. I'll have my AA finished in two semesters, but the rule is you have to do a minimum of three semesters. So the waiver will let me be done in May with my AA and I'll have four to play three."

Stringer has offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, South Florida, UCLA, Utah, UTEP and Wisconsin and Oklahoma could be close.

"I took an official visit to Arizona on the 15th (of April) and it was a really good trip," said Stringer. "I was hosted by Addison Bachman, who also went to Citrus. This weekend, I'm going to Arkansas."

Stringer said the only other trip he's likely to take is to Oklahoma, which he said is on the verge of offering.

"I've been talking a lot with Oklahoma, they're the most recent school I've been talking to," said Stringer.

Stringer also attended UCLA's Spring Game but won't take an official visit there.

It's been a long road for Stringer, who didn't even start playing tackle until late in his senior year at Alta Loma HS.

"I was a 225-pound tight end and I didn't even start playing tackle until ours went down," said Stringer. "Then I made the move and thought this could work."

Stringer graduated in the spring of 2009, and greyshirted the 2009 season. He played in 2010 and grew to the size he's at now.

"My first offer came from New Mexico," said Stringer. "Everyone thought in the beginning, I was a qualifier, so I got a lot of offers. Now, I have kind of an idea of my top schools but I don't really want to say who."

Stringer said he's thinking that he'll likely redshirt the 2011 season, but he definitely plans to be out by then.

"I know I'll be signing somewhere and playing there this fall," said Stringer. "I'd like to come in and try to redshirt, but if I come in and find a fit, I'll play too."


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