A broken fibula has cut short the season for one of Mississippi’s top prospects.
“Things have been pretty rough lately,” said Natchez defensive tackle Anthony Strauder. “Our team is 1-5 and I broke my left fibula in the fifth game, so I’m done for the season. I was pass blocking and one of the other linemen fell back on my leg.”
Strauder (6-4, 285, 4.9) is the No. 15 ranked player in the Magnolia State, known for his nice combination of size and agility. He has scholarship offers from LSU, Mississippi State and Southern Miss.
“All of those coaches have called to tell me that everything is still OK with them, that they still want me,” he said. “They told me to just be patient, do what the doctors tell me, and have a good rehab.”
Strauder said he hasn’t picked leader at this point, and probably won’t until he takes his official visits.
“I’m going to set those up for January,” he said. “I’ll have a better idea by then. It’s wide open right now.”
Asked what he liked about the three schools with offers on the table, Strauder said: “LSU is big-time in the SEC. They’ve got a great program. I like the way they play defense and their winning tradition. Mississippi State is a little down right now, but I know they’ve got a lot of young talent. In another year or so, they could be real good again. Southern Miss plays great defense. I like their aggressiveness. They also play a real tough schedule every year. They say I could come in and help them next year.”
Auburn, BYU, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Louisiana Tech have also expressed interest.
Academically, Strauder maintains a 3.45 GPA and has scored a 21 on his ACT.