May 29, 2011

CSU recruiting in Sooner State

With three months to go before the start of his senior season, Oklahoma City defensive lineman, Quintaz Struble is seeing his recruitment heat up. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder from Heritage Hall High School now lists a pair of scholarship offers with the potential for more on the way.

Struble holds scholarship offers from Colorado State and Arizona after a Junior season that saw him collect 105 tackles, three forced fumbles, 15 sacks and two defensive touchdowns. He said he also caught 12 passes as a tight end. Colorado State has told him they want him to play defensive end, while Arizona is interested in seeing Struble play outside linebacker and perhaps put his hand on the ground on third down plays.

"I hustle hard, I don't like to lose," Struble said. "I'll do anything to win. I wouldn't consider myself better at either the run defense or the pass."

Two weeks ago the Colorado State Rams added their name to Struble's list of known offers. The Oklahoman said he has family in Colorado and doesn't consider it too far away from home, though said he was surprised to get the Rams' offer.

"I didn't know Colorado State was looking at me like that until about a month ago," he said. "My offer came two weeks ago on a Thursday. They left me a voicemail to call them back. That is what I did. I called them back and they offered me. I was very excited about it. It was a good time for me. Just to know that I have more than one place to look it.

"They have told me that they just got done building a new facility for about $100 million. They said it a good place and they play their rivalry game against Colorado in the Denver Stadium. I don't know much about them and I know they are recruiting some other guys from Oklahoma to the program too."

Stuble's first offer came from Arizona and they have done well to get him as much information on the Tucson-based school as possible.

"Arizona is a school I've been getting looked at since before my Junior year," Struble said. "I met them my sophomore year. They send me a lot of letters, a lot of statistics. I am not a fan of the cold weather. I think I can deal with it, but I am a fan of the hot weather. They are coming up and trying to be a top-ranked team."

Struble said he has no favorites right now and is waiting to see what offers he gets before naming a top five or top three. For now, he is trying to figure out what each school has to offer, though he said he does plan on taking a look at Fort Collins and Tucson for himself.

"I want to take an official visit to Colorado and Arizona," Struble said. "I have been getting a couple letters from Kansas State. Kansas wanted me to come down there for Junior Day and they are going to talk to me about coming out next year."

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