Stroud(OT, Evangel Christian, LA) - Many Rebels fans remember the name
of John Stroud, the former All-SEC forward who helped Ole Miss to an SEC Conference
Championship.There is another Stroud on the horizon, but John's nephew
prefers to mow down defensive linemen, instead of puting the ball in the basket.
is one thing that both Strouds have in common, and that is winning championships,
as Doug has helped Evangel Christian to two Class 5A State Championships during
his career at Evangel Christian.
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From: Shreveport, LA
High School: Evangel Christian (1A)
following information was revealed during our interview with Doug Stroud:
are your strengths on the field? "I play in a passing offense. That is my
strength, pass blocking. When I line up, I read the defenses before they even
snap the ball. I take good angles and I am fast enough to pull the LB's and DB's."
do you most need to work on? "My techniques. That is the only way to get
better. I also need to work on staying lower. I am so much bigger than anybody
else in high school, but in college, it should work to my advantage because I
will be playing against people my own size."
How did your season at
Evangel Christian go last season? "We won State. But we were kicked down
from 5A to 1A this year. All of the schools voted to move us down because we only
have 300 students, and they are tired of us beating them all of the time. But,
our first three games are good ones. We play Springdale (AR), Longview (TX), and
Were you graded last year? "No sir, they did not
even keep up with our pancakes. They just tell us to beat our man. But, I was
graded against Springdale (AR) last year, and they had me at 89 or 90%."
you garner any awards? "I was named All-City and All-District."
you attended any football camps this summer? "No sir, I did not have a chance
to go to any because we are watching our money. I did save enough for me and my
dad to visit (unofficially) Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and Notre Dame."
colleges are you hearing from the most? "The most, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Alabama, and Ole Miss."
Any offers? "Michigan and ULL."
coaches have stood out so far? "Coaches Fred Jackson and Moller from Michigan.
Coach Jackson recruits this area and Coach Moller is their offensive line coach.
I also like Coach Wick at Oklahoma State."
Which colleges are now
at the top of your list? "I would say Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State,
Alabama, and Ole Miss."
What attracts you to Ole Miss? "My family
lives in New Albany (MS), which is only 10 miles from Ole Miss. My dad, uncle,
my cousins, just that whole side of the family went to Ole Miss. I go hunting
in the Oxford area all of the time. I grew up rooting for Ole Miss. I do not know.
I am just really trying to find a place I fit in. I just like it up there."
Ole Miss recruiting you as hard as the other schools? "Not as much as Michigan,
Nebraska, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State. They are showing the most interest.
Alabama and Ole Miss are just two schools I grew up liking."
I say Michigan; what jumps out? "They produce great lineman (laugh). They
just have a good program. They are consistently in the Top 10. I want to play
for a team like Evangel Christian, where they work hard for everything they get.
That is what they do, work hard, year in and year out."
What are Nebraska's
positives? "They also have great lineman. They have a new offense. They are
going to pass the ball more now. It is going to be 50/50. I really like the passing
teams because that is what kind of offense I have played in my whole life. I do
not want to change offenses."
Texas Tech? "Their offense is just
so overpowering. They throw the ball so much, that their RB's are going to get
15 yards a pop. It would be fun to play in an offense like that."
about Oklahoma State? "I did not think too highly of Oklahoma State until
I went up there on an unofficial visit. I got to see what all they are doing and
everything they are about to build. They are like a big family. I feel like I
really fit in with their program and team. Their offensive line coach is a cool
guy too. I like them a lot."
What are Alabama's positives? "I
went up there with John Bell to see Zach Schreiber play in their Spring game.
Their fan support is amazing. Their whole home side of the stands was full. All
of their press boxes were full. I just like the support they get. Everyone from
Evangel is big on support because everyone in this area wants to see us lose."
you see yourself committing early? "No sir, I am going to take all of my
official visits first. I do not want to take away from my team with a bunch of
distractions from recruiting."
What will you look at when you are
trying to make a decision? "Really, it will mainly be about their religious
beliefs. I want to go some place where I will not be tempted. I want to be in
a strong Christian place. And my academics, I am going to major in Prosthetic
Orthotics. There are not too many places that offer my major, so that is going
to really narrow the field down. Football wise, I want to be in a big family environment
who have strong Christian beliefs. I also do not want to sit until my junior year