Ware County (Waycross, Ga.) 2018 offensive lineman Jalynn Strickland announced his verbal commitment to North Carolina State on the Fourth of July.
Strickland chose the Wolfpack over Arkansas, Maryland and Minnesota. He is a 3-star recruit according to 247Sports’ composite rankings and has 19 offers from FBS programs. Five of those are from Power 5 schools.
Following his visit to Arkansas last month, the Razorbacks emerged as the favorites to land his pledge. However, North Carolina State closed strong and remained consistent for several months in its efforts to secure his pledge.
Here are three things to know about Strickland ahead of his announcement.
Jalynn Strickland a punishing run blocker
Highlights from Strickland’s junior season present a strong case that he’s one of the top run blockers in the 2018 class. He’s exceptional at engaging defenders at all levels and winning the battle when he gets there. He’d be a great fit in a run-first offense. Ware County rushed for 206 yards per game last season as he helped pave the way.
Jalynn Strickland’s size stands out
From a size standpoint, Strickland fits the bill of an offensive lineman at the next level. He stands 6-foot-6 and weighs about 310 pounds. If he were on the roster right now at any of his top four choices, he would be among the 10 tallest and heaviest players in each of those programs.
Jalynn Strickland previously was a defensive lineman
While he’s a coveted offensive line recruit, his sophomore season was highlighted by what he did as a defensive lineman. Playing both defensive end and tackle, he made 28 stops in 2015.
His efforts on defense were what initially placed him on the radar of several college programs. In fact, his Hudl highlight from his sophomore season (primarily defense) has 1,000 more views than the tape from his junior season (primarily offensive tackle).