October 27, 2010

Strahan hearing from A&M, Oklahoma State

Blinn Junior College has been one of the top junior college programs in the country for the past several years. The Buccaneers have won multiple national championships over the past few years while cranking out prospects such as Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton.

In fact, unlike most JUCO programs, Blinn actually has the luxury of actually redshirting prospects, especially along the defensive line, due to their quality depth. Also, because these prospects are being redshirted and serious evaluation of JUCOs usually doesn't begin at last the spring of their sophomore year, redshirt freshmen can be very productive players and still remain under the radar.

One such prospect at Blinn is nosetackle LaMarc Strahan. The 6 foot, 4-inch, 365 pound Strahan originally graduated from Humble in 2009 and was a non-qualifier. However, he had interest from a number of schools and even had offers from Big 12 schools Baylor and Kansas.

Due to Blinn's depth at defensive line, Strahan was redshirted in 2009. However, he emerged as the starting nosetackle in Blinn's 3-3-5 defense during the spring and his fine play has carried forward into the fall. He currently has two sacks and eight tackles for loss despite being double teamed on almost every play.

More importantly, because Strahan was redshirted last season, many colleges are unaware that he can use next spring and summer to become eligible at a Division I school for the 2011 season and have three years to play three seasons. As a result, he's probably getting less attention right now than he did when got out of high school. Strahan indicated that he has been offered by Texas A&M and Oklahoma State and both schools are sending him mail. He talks to defensive coordinator Bill Young at Oklahoma State and he talked to all of the coaches at A&M when he took an unofficial visit there a few weeks ago.

He was asked what he was looking for in a college program.

However, he does have some idea of what he is looking for in a school.

"Academics and the school," he said.

Is location a factor?

"No it is not," he responded.

Who do you like right now?

"I don't know. Oklahoma State," he replied.

Is it was because the Cowboys have a superior record at 6-1 and have been nationally ranked?

"No," he replied. "They have more of what I'm looking for and they just lost last weekend."

Due to the fact that it is still early in the process for Strahan, he is not close to setting up official visits (which will come after Blinn's season ends in December) or making a decision.

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