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11 DAYS TO 2016 KICKOFF: Carlos Strickland

In which BracketCat counts down the 11th day until the 2016 kickoff with a profile of wide receiver Carlos Strickland.

I'm not quite sure how Carlos Strickland caught a pass last season against San Diego State, but perhaps it was early enough in the season that they still could shut him down for a redshirt. Either way, he'll be a huge addition next season for the Wildcats.
I'm not quite sure how Carlos Strickland caught a pass last season against San Diego State, but perhaps it was early enough in the season that they still could shut him down for a redshirt. Either way, he'll be a huge addition next season for the Wildcats.
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Goal No. 11: DON'T ACCEPT LOSING. If you do so one time, it will be easy to do so for the rest of your life.

#21 Carlos Strickland
Redshirt Freshman
6-4 | 200
Dallas, Texas

Bio

Position: Wide Receiver

Previous College: University of California

Projection: Scout Team

Status: On Scholarship

Carlos Lashun Strickland II (b. Oct. 11, 1996) is a transfer wide receiver who redshirted the 2015 season under Cal head coach Sonny Dykes. He will sit out this season and have three years to play three seasons starting in 2017.

He is transferring in part to be closer to an ailing relative back home in Dallas, which is a short daily flight away from Manhattan Regional Airport. Other than TCU, there is no Big 12 school more accessible to the Dallas Metroplex.

Strickland attended the same high school, Skyline High School in Dallas, as K-State linebacker Charmeachealle Moore. He lettered four years and was a three-year starter for the Raiders under head coach Reginald Samples.

One of the top 150 overall players in the class of 2015, including a No. 101 ranking by Scout and a No. 132 ranking by Rivals, Strickland also was rated the 12th-best wide receiver nationally by Rivals and No. 14 by Scout.

He hauled in 84 catches for 1,770 yards and 27 touchdowns during his career, helping Skyline to combine for a 51-6 overall record, with an undefeated 28-0 mark in district and region games, and reach the Texas Division I state semifinals during his freshman (2011) and senior (2014) seasons.

Strickland was named a Semper Fi All-American, while earning Lone Star Elite and Texas Sports Writers Association All-State honors as a senior in 2014, when he registered 41 receptions for 896 yards and 15 touchdowns while adding three rushes for 46 yards and one touchdown.

Skyline finished the 2014 season as one of the nation’s top teams at 14-1 overall and reached the Texas Class 6A Division I state finals.

Strickland caught 33 passes for 719 yards and a team-high-tying 10 touchdown grabs as a junior in 2013. He was named to the All-District 9-5A team as both a junior and senior.