October 26, 2011

A Surprise Change Doesn't Faze Striker

Seffner (Fla.) Armwood outside linebacker Eric Striker official visit to Oklahoma was surely a memorable one.

Having not returned to the campus of his future school since committing -during his visit to Norman for the Sooners summer football camp- the talented Sunshine State product arrived in Norman in the middle of what has been a very successful season thus far- including a nationally televised win over Las Vegas Bishop Gorman and a 13 tackle, one sack, four tackle for loss performance vs. Tampa Bay Tech.

Committed to a team seemingly chasing a national title, with his own high school team doing the same. What could be better for Striker?

Then the unexpected happened.

Oklahoma was upset in unsettling fashion 41-38.

Fortunately for Sooner fans the loss didn't sour his return trip back to Norman nor did it waver Striker's commitment to Sooners head coach Bob Stoops.

"The visit was alright. The facilities and that stuff are really nice and the hosts were really good. So it was it was good visit. I'm still 100 percent still committed," said Striker.

"I had P.L. Lindley as my host. I had never met him before but he was a cool and I actually got to meet Nila (Kasitati). They all hang out together. And then I talked to coach Brent Venables pretty much the whole trip on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We spent a of time together and watched film together."

"I flew back home (on Sunday) around one something but I was able to talk to coach Venables before the game and we met up on Sunday and I was able to talk to him more in depth."

Time spent in a film room that Striker knows will become a home-away-from-home come next year.

"Yeah we talked about the Sam linebacker position and how they would like to see me play," said Striker.

"(Venables) just told me it was a tough one and was like it was the basic fundamentals that we made which made them lose and we went over the basics and all of that. The mistakes were basic that they made and from the screens and all that, you know? So they were just mistakes that should never happen."

"Yeah definitely. I was watching that position the whole game. Just watching what Tony (Jefferson) does out there so I've been absorbing it all."

The trip to Norman also offered Florida's No. 40 ranked 2012 prospect the chance to catch up with a couple of other Sooner commits.

"Yeah I was able to meet (Sterling) Shepard and we were able to meet and hangout at the game. We are going to have a really cool class," said Striker.

"I also met the offensive linemen from San Antonio Kyle Marrs. It was cool to meet them and stuff."

A chance to meet future classmates that doesn't come every day for Striker who admits he's not a member of the social media outlet- Facebook. Which has been used by the 2012 recruiting class as a tool to communicate and develop friendships.

"I don't have a Facebook so I don't really get to communicate with them on there," laughed Striker.

"I just don't want to deal with it."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound four-star Sooner commit now returns to RivalsHigh No. 4 ranked Seffner Armwood (8-0) where he gets set for a match up with rival Tampa (Fla.) Plant (7-0), a program that takes a backseat to few when it comes to producing division one talent year in and year out.

Luckily for Striker and his teammates the big stage is an arena they are use to performing on following the opening week 20-17 victory over Bishop Gorman that was televised on nationally on ESPNU.

"Everything is going good we're healthy and got everybody back so we're rollin' but we got a big one coming up on Friday. We're going to see how good we really are on Friday," said Striker, who is the No. 25 ranked outside linebacker in the country.

"It was (really cool). Seeing the commentators talk about the whole team and all of that knowing the cameras were on you the entire time and really just being in that environment there at Bishop Gorman."

This Friday's Seffner Armwood-Plant match- up is billed as RivalsHigh's Game of the Week which should once again attract many eyes from across the country.

Through eight games Striker ranks third on the team having racked up 58 tackles (33 solo, 25 assist) on a defense that has practically shut down opponents recording shut outs in four of it's last five and only allowing a total of 46 points all season.

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