January 22, 2009
Will CB, Derrick Strozier visit Army this weekend?
Back in December, Army picked up a big commitment when three-star defensive end Julius Warmsley decided that it was time to end the recruiting process and follow his heart, where he said yes to the Black Knights. This came in on the tail end of Warmsley's weekend official visit to Tulane. "My visit to Tulane went well, but some things I didn't like, which swayed my decision," shares Warmsley.
Fast forward to now and cornerback Derrick Strozier out of Orlando (FL) Edgewater may be faced with the same decision that Warmsley had to make, or maybe not.
The 5-foot-8, 170 pound speedy corner not only has an offer from Tulane, but committed to the Green Wave in November. However, it has been made perfectly clear by the Tulane staff, that not only do they frown upon the idea that Strozier is scheduled to take an official visit elsewhere, but could possibly resend their offer to him. "Coach (HC) Toledo said to us during my visit to Tulane, that if you are committed, you should not visit other schools," shares Strozier, who is obviously torn between visiting Army and the possibility of losing his scholarship to Tulane. "Coach Grant Higgison came to my house recently and ask me if I was still solid on coming to Tulane and told me that Coach Toledo is real strict about recruits visiting elsewhere."
Although committed to Tulane, Strozier has been followed the coaching change at Army, as well as the recruiting. He is also aware of Black Knights' Head Coach Rich Ellerson's encouragement to some prospects not to commit on the spot (during their Army official visit), but to return home and separate themselves from "the moment" and then come back with a decision after some evaluation time. "I read where Coach Ellerson wants players to be sure that Army is where you want to be," states the Florida prospect. "I spoke to Coach Holmes (Army defensive assistant coach) yesterday and was pretty upset about it (Tulane's stance)."
Along with Army and Tulane, Strozier indicated that Georgia Tech came to his school the same day that he received his offer from Army and that Iowa State was interested, but the recruiting coach, Terry Price for his region joined the Ole Miss coaching staff.
Although only 5-foot-8, Strozier is a legit shut down corner and Edgewater Head Coach Bill Gierke confirmed that fact. "Derrick is a pure cover corner and has had a great two years with us," shares Coach Gierke when describing Strozier, who is also solid as both a kick and punt returner. "He came here from Miami and started both years and if he were taller, he would be a national recruit. He is a good student, from a great family and no matter where he decides to go, he will be able to contribute immediately."
Aside from the gridiron, Strozier who has been timed in the forty at 4.5 at the Auburn camp this summer, also excels in track, where he participates in the high jump, long jump and was part of Edgewater's relay team that participated in the State Championships.
Tonight will be decision time for Strozier, as he sits down with his dad to determine if he will be on the road tomorrow, headed to West Point for his Army official visit.
Stay tuned for the update on The Point of Strozier's decision.
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