Natchez (Miss.) standout Anthony Strauder spent most of his junior season as a blocking tight end, but could emerge as one of the South’s better defensive tackles as a junior.
“I’m excited about playing mostly defense this year,” he said. “That’s where all the colleges liked me most when I went to camp, so I’ll get a chance to show what I can do.”
Strauder (6-4, 285, 4.9) has the great frame and footwork to succeed on the D-Line. He also has good strength levels – 350 bench, 575 squat – and a “motor” to put up big numbers this season.
He camped at Ole Miss, LSU, Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss this summer. That helped draw scholarship offers from LSU and Southern Miss. He also has an offer from Mississippi State, while Auburn, West Virginia and Colorado are showing heavy interest.
“My top five right now are the three Mississippi schools, Auburn and LSU,” he said. “I don’t really have them in any kind of order. I’m high on all of them.
“I’m looking for a school where I can get a good education most of all. I want to find a good physical therapy program. After that, I’m just looking for somewhere I can feel comfortable and fit in, the place that feels most family-oriented. I also want coaches who can push me to the next level.”
Asked which coaches have made an impression on him this spring and summer, Strauder cited LSU’s Will Muschamp, Auburn’s Don Dunn and Rick Petri of Ole Miss.
“I get a ton of hand-written letters from coach Dunn at Auburn,” he said. “I think they might be offering me after they see my first two or three games this season.”
Strauder is a strong prospect on and off the field. He maintains a 3.3 GPA and has scored a 21 on the ACT.