Strickland signs with Mars Hill

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 06:14 AM

East Rutherford two-sport athlete Jordan Strickland has made his college decision. After months of consideration, the all-conference performer in both football and baseball will play college football for the Mars Hill University Mountain Lions.

"I sent them my film a while back and didn't hear from them but I went to visit and immediately fell in love with the school," Strickland said. "I like everything about it. It's a home away from home type of place."

Strickland will be a piece of the special teams' puzzle in his first season and will work out as a defensive lineman, but he hopes to eventually make the move to linebacker.

"I'm big, but I'm not college big so I'm thinking I'll play linebacker," Strickland said.

The 6-foot-1, 260-pound Strickland is also an all-conference catcher on the Cavaliers baseball team and pondered the thought of playing baseball on the college level. But it was his love for pumping iron and eating that influenced his decision to go with football.

"I love both sports equally, but I decided that I love working out and eating too much and I can do both with football," Strickland said. "And even if you're having a bad day you can have a good day on the football field because if you're mad you take your anger out on the field."

With this decision out of the way, the future business major can focus on enjoying the remainder of the baseball season.

"It takes a ton of pressure off of me here in baseball season," Strickland said. "Now I don't have to worry about this so I can go out, have a good time and play for my teammates instead of trying to play for college."

At Thursday's signing, Strickland was surrounded by proud family members and coaches. His father, Tony, was the proudest to see his son sign to play a contact sport while his mother, Christy, openly preferred for Jordan to play baseball. Regardless, the whole room was abuzz with smiles, the biggest of which was on Jordan's face.

"I knew I would be happy for four more years if I played football at Mars Hill," he said. "Big dreams come true."

Mars Hill opens the 2014 season on the road Saturday, Sept. 6 at West Georgia.