When you have as many stars as the Armwood High football team from Seffner, Fla., it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle.
Armwood could have at least 10 players sign with Division I schools but one of the best is linebacker Eric Striker, an Oklahoma verbal commit.
From the end of his freshman year, the three-star prospect has dreamed of wearing the crimson and cream. At 6-foot and 190 pounds, Striker said he doesn’t care if he plays safety or linebacker.
SoonerNation: You’ve known for a while that you wanted to go to OU. With all the great schools in Florida, how did that happen?
Eric Striker: I knew I wanted to play college football, and I knew I wanted to leave Florida. There are other places to be, other places where you can play quality football.
SN: So why the Sooners?
Striker: I wanted to find a good football team out of state and go to a winning team. My freshman year in 2008, Oklahoma really stood out to me with the way they were able to make the national championship game.
SN: Being a Florida kid, have you had a chance to see the campus?
Striker: I’ve been there once on an unofficial visit in the summer. I thought it was really cool. The facilities are first class. It doesn’t get any better than what OU can offer somebody.
SN: How did everything come together with the offer and the commitment?
Striker: I was talking about it for a while, but OU didn’t really have a history of going into Florida. That’s where my coach [Sean Callahan] came in. He called coach [Brent] Venables, and it came together real fast after that. I knew once I got the offer that I was going to commit. It took about a week for everything to come together. I wasn’t looking for a long recruiting process.
SN: If you weren’t at OU, where would you have gone?
Striker: I was really considering LSU and Alabama. And Iowa, definitely Iowa because they were recruiting me really hard.
SN: Going from one powerhouse in Armwood to another in OU. How does playing at such a high-profile high school help in transitioning to college?
Striker: It helps a lot. There are a lot of good programs, but I mean Armwood really does things right. It prepares you for college. I guarantee when I get to OU that I’ll be ahead just because of all the coaching and all the things I’ve learned at Armwood.
SN: You’re the rare high school kid without a Facebook profile or Twitter account. Is there a reason for that?
Striker: I just never wanted to do that stuff. If somebody wants to contact me, it has to be through phone or email. You get caught up in too much stuff on Facebook. If I had a page, it would have been crazy. I tell college coaches to email or call. It’s made my life a lot easier.