While the offer itself took a bit to become official, it doesn't come as a surprise. Over the last couple of weeks, the Mountaineers have increased their recruitment efforts with Strickland.
"About two weeks ago Coach (Brian) Mitchell came to my school," he explained. "He told me straight up as soon as I met him that I had something going and he liked me. He told me to save his number and then contacted me yesterday and he just got back from his recruiting trip. He said the coaches all had a meeting and watched my highlight tape and three plays in they all said they needed me."
"It's an honor to be recruited by them and even better to get an offer," Strickland said. "I've been growing up with them being one of the top schools in the nation. I even play with them on (video game) NCAA college football. It's shocking that it's happening to me right now and I have big smiles on my face."
Growing up on the east coast, Strickland is familiar with the West Virginia program, including a few former Mountaineer standouts.
"I know a lot about West Virginia," Strickland continued. "I know from the wildcat with Pat White, to Tavon Austin and spread offense. They told me I'd be a perfect fit. But as of now they're looking at me as a defensive back. But they told me I had the swag they want and need so they think I could be a perfect fit.
The sic foot, 180-pounder is used to playing on both sides of the ball. However, he's comfortable at both positions.
"Right now it doesn't really matter to me, just the quickest way to get on the field," Strickland said. "It doesn't matter which position."
Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Strickland plans to visit the Mountaineers later this month for junior day on Feb. 22. He also holds offers from Rutgers and Virginia.