Varsity Preps

2015 Watch List DE Jason Strowbridge, Deerfield Beach

2015 Watch List DE Jason Strowbridge (6’4, 245) of Deerfield Beach claims one verbal offer from Marshall, but said he’s hearing from Miami, Florida, Florida St., NC St., and Northern Illinois.

The big defensive end talked about his interest in the Hurricanes. “I took an unofficial visit with Brandon Powell, the same trip he committed to Miami on. They showed some interest in me while I was on campus. I like the Hurricanes.”

Strowbridge talked about the Seminoles. “I’ve visited once already and they continue to send me mail. I camped there the summer of my sophomore season. I like the coaching staff and how they run the program.”

The Florida Gators are recruiting him the hardest currently. “I went up to camp there this summer and I really enjoyed it. I like the amount of NFL players that get drafted from there,” he mentioned. “I like what the Gators are doing.”

Northern Illinois and NC St. are sending recruiting material to him on a regular basis, and added that he’d like to hear from Alabama and Texas in the future.

Deerfield Beach’s talented junior registered two sacks and 10 tackles last season, but predicts he’s poised for a breakout junior campaign. “I can read keys of the offense and learned how to play the position better,” he explained. “Over the offseason, I got bigger and stronger. I gained 15 pounds and I’m up to 19 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press.”

One of his 2013 goals includes leading Broward County in sacks. “I think it’ll take at least 17 or 18 sacks, maybe a few more.”

Strowbridge predicts that Deerfield Beach will compete at a high level this fall. “I think we’re better than last year. I think we can win the district and compete for a state championship,” he said. “We’ve worked tremendously hard this summer and I think my teammates accepted more accountability, dedicating themselves to help us become a better football team.”

His increasing role on the team will not only include being a two-way starter–Strowbridge will also start along the offensive line at tackle–but as one of the team leaders. “We have a a lot of young players, so I feel it’s my responsibility to take on more of a leadership role and teach them what I know.”

One of the players he looks up to is South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. “He’s a freak. It’s unbelievable what he can do sometimes.” Referring to Clowney’s amazing hit, tackle, and fumble recovery in last year’s Outback Bowl, he said, “I want to deliver a few hits like that on running backs this season.”

If you’re a ball carrier playing Deerfield Beach, consider yourself warned.

— Michael Bradley

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