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Four-star Joe Strickland not ready to pare his list

With the Early Signing Period now complete, college coaches will put an even greater focus on prospects in the class of 2022. Indianapolis (Ind.) Brebeuf Jesuit defensive end Joe Strickland had an early start to his recruitment and is now closing on 20 total scholarship offers. Without visits to be able to explore those schools, though, it has been difficult for the four-star prospect to trim his list down to top contenders.

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THE LATEST

Strickland most recent offers came from Duke, Nebraska and West Virginia during his junior season. Most of his current offers came last off-season, giving him plenty of time to build relationships with coaching staffs. Among the schools he has been in the closest communication with recently are Indiana, Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State, Stanford, Harvard and Virginia. Strickland remains wide open to all schools, however, and is in no rush to end his recruitment.

IN HIS WORDS

“I’d say (a decision) is probably a ways off. I haven’t even made a top ten yet. I am just looking at my options right now and haven’t cut out anybody.

“Research is all I can do right now – virtual visits, the small graphics with information, 30-minute phone call, hour-long phone calls, Zooms, Zooms with family… everything possible, even where they are on academic rank amongst schools.”

RIVALS’ REACTION

Academics are a key consideration for Strickland as he considers his college future, but he noted that the schools he is considering all provide strong academic options for him. The dead period is currently set to expire on April 15, after which Strickland plans to visit the schools that have offered and be able to pare his list down then. With that recruiting timetable, a decision really does sound like it is a long way off for Strickland. Brebeuf Jesuit had to miss a couple games this season due to COVID, but in the ten games he was able to play Strickland tallied 50 total tackles including 11 for loss and 6.5 sacks. He specifically cited added weight as a growth point in his performance this season compared to the last, but that added weight did not come with any loss of speed or explosiveness from what we saw on junior film.