Dominick Strickland receives offer from Coffeyville Community College

The season began with Dominick Strickland starting at defensive end and offensive tackle for the Jonesboro-Hodge Tigers. His play was tremendously impressive to the point that he was named Player of the Game at the season opening Bayou Jamb in Ruston. 

One week later disaster struck when the 6’4″, 250 lb senior suffered a severe separated shoulder early in the season opening contest against General Trass. The prognosis was worse as doctor’s told him his season in the trenches was over and surgery to repair the shoulder would be required. 

Undaunted and wanting to continue to contribute any way he could in his final prep season, a couple of weeks later, Strickland began taking snaps as quarterback, going back to the position he played in junior high school. Today he is the starting QB for the Tigers Currently he is the starting quarterback for the Tigers. If that was to be the final chapter in Strickland’s football career it would be inspirational in itself.

But it isn’t!

There is apparently more football in the future of the young man as on Saturday, Strickland received an offer from Coffeyville Community College to continue his football careerit. This was verified by JHHS defensive coordinator, Carlos Hicks, who was estatic that Strickland will get a chance to continue his career. 

“Dominick got a bad break early this year and I am very happy that this won’t stop him in getting a chance to keep playing,” said Hicks. “He certainly deserves it as he has given everything he has to our team. Very coachable and is the type of kid that will work hard to get better every year.”

How does a player who played only one half of a game the first game of the season get noticed by a college coach in Kansas? 

You can thank a connection Hicks made several years ago with CCC Coach Nick Dobler. 

“I first met Coach Dobler when he was at Kilgore Junior College back in 2017 and liked what he was about. He looks for players with good work ethics and has the ability to coach them up,” reflected Hicks. “What he did with Kelton Moss in 2017 and Trevaun Calahan in 2018 is a good example. When he went to Coffeyville in 2019 he continued to stay in touch and we steered Tre Coleman and Caleb Hassen his way, where he also helped them both. Dom(inick) is the the type of a player Coach Dobler likes and I feel strongly he will do well there which hopefully will lead to bigger and better things for him.”

Coffeyville Community College (CCC) is a community college located in Coffeyville, Kansas and is a member of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and the National Junior College Athletic Association. 

 

 


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