Back Jalynn Strickland is Not Your Average O-Lineman

Back To Recruiting

Jalynn Strickland is Not Your Average O-Lineman

By Barry Every
SouthernPigskin.com
Follow us at Twitter.com/SouthernPigskin.  Become a fan at the SouthernPigskin.com Facebook Page

The transition from junior high to high school is seldom an easy one, especially when you’re the biggest kid in your school with a broken leg. And that is exactly what offensive tackle Jalynn Strickland experienced.

The transition from junior high to high school is seldom an easy one, especially when you’re the biggest kid in your school with a broken leg. And that is exactly what offensive tackle Jalynn Strickland experienced.

“When I started back to working out my freshman year I didn’t really move that well,” Strickland said. My teammates thought I reminded them of Manny from the movie Ice Age. So they started calling me Manny and it has stuck with me ever since.”

At 6-foot-6, 296-pounds the three-sport star is hard to miss walking the halls of Ware County High School. But that’s not all bad, offensive tackles simply don’t grow on trees and they are always one of the hottest commodities on the recruiting trail. His physical attributes have already led to over a dozen FBS scholarship offers.

This past season Coach Franklin Stephens, Jr. led the Gators to a (8-4/4-0) record earning a Region Championship and the coveted #1-seed in the playoffs. Ware County is known for its meticulous misdirection Wing-T offense that simply grounds and pounds until their opponents submit. Strickland plays a huge role in the rushing attack by continually using his length to collapse the defensive line.

“Jalynn is an eye catching prospect, upon laying eyes on him you immediately notice his size and length,” Stephens said. “He has the measurables to be a great player at the next level.”

And Coach Stephens is right, schools such as Appalachian State, Cincinnati , Georgia Southern, Maryland, Minnesota and Navy have all laid claim to Strickland’s talents. He is also being heavily recruited by Duke and Georgia Tech. Once the word gets out that he made a 1040 on the SAT other schools will soon follow suit with offers.

Strickland attended the Yellow Jackets Junior Day back on January, 29 and a spring practice at Duke earlier this month. But one school is missing from his wish list.

“I would love to hear from the Seminoles,” Strickland said. “I really like the program and the bond the players have with each other. And how can you not just love the way they play football.”

You may not see Strickland attending some of these high profile camps held off campus. But don’t worry he is not resting on his laurels as he and his teammates will be hitting a bunch of college camps. Two he has circled on his calendar are the Kirby Smart in Athens and the Jimbo Fisher camp in Tallahassee, Florida.

“Jalynn has a tremendous work ethic and strives to continually get better,” Stephens says. “He has little free time participating in three sports and is on track to be a full NCAA qualifier.”

On the hardwood this past winter Strickland averaged double digit rebounds a game. Right now he is competing in Track and Field, throwing the discus. So it’s no wonder he hasn’t been able to make many unofficial visits or early spring camps.

You can bet your sweet bippy that college coaches will be flocking to Waycross, Georgia this spring. One look at Strickland on the hoof and a gander at his transcript will most likely produce multiple Power Five offers. He may be affectionately called Manny, but Strickland simply is not your average Wooly Mammoth.