SMU was the first to take a chance on the rising 2015 receiver, making a scholarship offer. On Tuesday, Strickland earned his first Big 12 offer as Oklahoma State entered the race.
“I feel really good; I feel accomplished,” Strickland said. “I’m finally getting noticed for my play. It felt really good getting it.”
Strickland caught 10 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore last season and lost grabs to the 2013 trio of Ra'Shaad Samples, Ellis Onic and Lamont Levels. Onic signed with Northern Colorado, and Levels signed with Angelo State.
Samples, an ESPN 300 receiver, is preparing for his freshman season at Oklahoma State. Samples took Strickland under his wing and advised those following the recruiting scene to keep an eye on the young receiver.
Now, Strickland has the chance to end his process early. He is being recruited to Oklahoma State by receivers coach Kasey Dunn -- who landed Samples with a July commitment last year.
“We talked a little on the phone Monday,” Strickland said of Samples. “He was telling me with Coach Dunn, I could fit inside their system perfectly. I just listened to him, and he gave me advice.
“Oklahoma State is a pretty cool school. I like the fact that they’re close. Stillwater’s really not that far away. There aren’t a lot of distractions out there, so I can be focused on football.”
Strickland is a big-bodied receiver who has run the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. Texas Tech also has shown interest, but he is hoping to pick up additional offers with strong play during the 2013 season.
If he doesn’t pull another offer, however, Strickland said he’s happy with the Oklahoma State offer and wouldn’t mind being teammates again with Samples.
“They’ve got really good tradition there, and it’s like a family,” Strickland said. “I’m looking to schedule an unofficial [visit] soon. I wouldn’t mind going there.”