While Oklahoma was having one of its biggest recruiting weekends in recent memory, more than 1,000 miles away Sooners verbal commit Eric Striker (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) was making his own memories.
Something just felt a little different for Striker heading into the Florida Class 6A state championship. He knew it was going to be his final game, and he wanted to make a big impact.
He delivered. Striker had 12 tackles, two sacks and two quarterback hurries in Armwood’s 40-31 victory against Miami (Fla.) Central on Saturday.
A day later, the state title hasn’t sunk in yet for the prospect.
“I know we won, but I don’t think it has hit me yet,” Striker said. “I haven’t done a big celebration yet, but I’m sure it will happen.”
Striker, 6-foot and 190 pounds, plays linebacker for Armwood and said he doesn’t care if he is a linebacker or safety when he plays for the Sooners. But one thing still remains clear: he's firmly committed to playing for the Sooners.
“Oh yeah, nothing has changed,” Striker said. “I’ve still been able to keep in touch with the coaching staff.
“I’m going to have to put on weight no matter what position I play. If they want me at linebacker, I can do that. If it’s safety, that’s fine, too.”
Striker only added to his all-time school record sack total, and he saved his last sack for the best moment possible.
With Central trying to make one last run, Striker got his last sack on a fourth-down play that clinched the championship.
“It was one of the best games I’ve ever played,” Striker said. “I’ve had some good ones. Because of the opponent and the stage I was on, this is my best memory.
“Fourth down, and I wanted to get a good jump off the ball. I got closer and closer and the QB still had the ball so I knew I could make the play.”
Striker was the second Oklahoma commit to win a state championship this season. The other, defensive back Kevin Peterson (Wagoner, Okla./Wagoner), wasn’t committed to the Sooners when he won the championship two weeks ago. He committed to OU on Sunday.