Strickland projects as one of the top skill players out of New Jersey in the class of 2015 and now has his first verbal scholarship offer.
"It was a big relief off my shoulders," Strickland said. "For me and my family, it's big smiles everywhere. Now we, as a family, have a chance to represent our last name at the next level playing college football."
Strickland won a state championship at High Point Solutions Stadium last semester and scored two touchdowns in the process. The rising junior visited Rutgers for a spring practice and is teammates with incoming freshman safety T.J. Taylor.
"I can see myself playing there in the future," Strickland said. "I already talked to T.J. and he was like, ‘us playing together again and trying to win a championship at the next level.' I'm thankful that they're the first team to offer me because they're close and they're going to be in the Big Ten when I get there."
Rutgers and South Brunswick have a strong pipeline dating back to wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. Sanu committed to Rutgers in 2009 before leaving early for the NFL draft. Redshirt freshman cornerback Jevon Tyree is also a South Brunswick product.
"They're already recruiting me," Strickland said. "We had a fire drill today and I was talking to T.J. about it. He's not jumping on me yet, but he's like ‘think about it.' He's about to graduate but he's still going to be right here in New Jersey."
Strickland and South Brunswick coach Joe Goerge have yet to identify his position, but the 6-foot, 180-pounder has experience on both sides of the ball.
"They've said they can see me playing on the defensive side at corner, but they don't know if I'm still growing or now," Strickland said. "On offense, maybe slot or receiver or possibly running back. We don't know yet."