Safety Justin Strong (Fontana, Calif./Summit) doesn’t just watch the games of the college programs recruiting him. He records each one and then spends the next day breaking down each play just as a coach would run through game film.
“Right now I’m playing free safety, strong safety and running back, so the whole game I’m watching how the free safety is playing -- if he’s deep middle or deep third -- and whether the strong safety is more involved in the run game or in coverage,” Strong said. “It’s kind of like breaking down film for the next level.”
Strong has offers from Nevada, Oregon State, San Diego State and Wyoming, while Boise State has been involved for the past few months and could enter the picture soon. He said the Broncos are recruiting him primarily as a running back -- though defense has been discussed as well -- and he will be sending out more film at that position in the near future. An offer from the Broncos could be big for Strong, but the Beavers have an advantage as well. Strong’s brother, Victor Butler, starred for Oregon State before moving on to the NFL.
Strong isn’t sure where he’ll wind up next season, on or off the field. He is taking his time with the process and schools have slapped the “athlete” tag on him when it comes to recruiting. He holds all four of his offers in equal regard and will look to take his first official visit in two weeks, when his team has its bye week. He isn’t sure which school he will attend, but he said he would like to take several official visits after the season as well.
“I don’t really know a top school right now,” Strong said. “I like all the schools that have offered me. I like the defenses from Oregon State, Nevada, Wyoming and San Diego State. I like the way they run their defenses. I just have to keep watching games this year.”