The Florida Gators received good news on the recruiting trail last week when they received a commitment from offensive tackle Adrein Strickland from Lynn Haven, Florida. Strickland talked with 1010XL about his commitment.
“I went there with my mom for two of their games last year and I also went down there for Junior Day,” Strickland said. “I like the energy that they give off as a team and that is a team I want to get behind. That is one of the biggest things to me is they have to feel good. The team I want to play for has to make me happy and feel good and Florida definitely gave off that energy and that vibe and I love that.”
Strickland, (6-foot-6, 330 pounds) committed to Florida over offers from Iowa State, Maryland, UCF. He has a high opinion of head coach Dan Mullen.
“He’s definitely a great guy,” Strickland said. “Every time I talk to him he’s a fun guy to talk to and on the football side of things, he knows what he’s doing and you can’t get better than that.”
Strickland was asked if tackle will be his primary position in Gainesville.
“I think so and that’s what me and Coach (John) Hevesy have talked about mainly,” Strickland said. “We haven’t really talked about guard or anything, so I’m pretty sure tackle is where I’m going to be at.”
As for the type of offensive lineman that Gators are getting with Strickland, he says one word comes to mind.
“I always think of the word ‘nasty,’” Strickland said. “I just play nasty and give it everything I’ve got. That’s how I love to play and just bring that all to the field.”
Strickland was asked what it means to him to commit to a school like Florida.
“It’s really unbelievable and it’s big to me,” Strickland said. “It’s a big step for me and my family and just to make them proud and play for a team with that high of a caliber is just insane.
“I have a single mom and for a single mom to know that her son is going to college and playing what he loves to play, I know she is just excited. It was all tears for her.”
Recruits like Strickland are currently dealing with the coronavirus pandemic like everyone else. How much did the virus affect Strickland’s recruitment?
“It definitely hindered it a little bit,” he said. “Not being able to go out and commit there, or be able to be there and see it more, but I know that it’s the right decision and it’s definitely the school that I want to go play for and nothing is going to change that.”
Strickland left little doubt when he was asked if his recruitment was over now.
“I’m 100 percent to Florida and I’m not changing on anything. That’s final because nothing is going to take me off my feel like Florida did when I first came there. Go Gators.”
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