With a state that features as much talent as Florida, new players are almost constantly emerging as major college prospects.
One such player is Jacksonville Jackson running back George Stripling.
Stripling (6-1, 180, 4.4) has rushed for 1,960 yards and 18 touchdowns through nine games this season. That kind of production has drawn offers from Michigan State and Iowa State, according to his high school coach, and is also attracting the likes of LSU, Ole Miss, N.C. State, Louisville, South Carolina, Central Florida and South Florida.
“I don’t really have a favorite at this point,” Stripling said. “I’m just now starting to get a lot of attention, so I’m kind of wanting to wait and see how everything looks at the end of the road before I do anything.
“I’d be real interested if Florida or Georgia or Florida State got involved, but they haven’t shown too much interest yet. I grew up following Georgia and Florida State. They’ve always been my favorite teams, but I know I may have to look at some other schools. I just don't know a whole bunch about them right now."
LSU recently dropped by the school to check on Stripling.
“Their coach came by to see me and take some film back with him,” he said. “They told our coach that they’d keep in touch with me. I’m interested to see what they have to say. They have a great team”
Stripling says he won’t rush into a college decision. He’ll likely take five official visits before making his decision.
Academically, he maintains a 2.8 GPA and has scored a 17 on the ACT. With those numbers, he projects as a full-qualifier.