DeAngelo Strickling | Western Kentucky /Lindenwood | RB
Twitter: @Isprint_boogie | Instagram: @Isprint_boogie
Q: Tell us about your college (or pro) career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you choose WKU/LU?
A: I went to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas because of the talent that would surround me. The likes of corderralle Patterson, Devondre Campbell, Toby Johnson, and Alvin Kamara brought me to campus. Also, I was in the toughest conference competing AGAINST tyreek hill(KC Chiefs), Andre de Grasse(Olympic silver medalist sprinter 100/200m), and David Winters(Olympic sprinter) made my decision to attend HCC that much easier.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment would be when I was named an NCAA All-American. Also, I competed against Tyreek Hill in the 200m at the regional championships in Kansas. I finished with a personal best of 21.14 beating Hill’s time of 21.18.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at WKU/LU?
A: I learned so much from Kentucky’s Hall of Fame Coach, Erik Jenkins. He taught me that there is always someone out working me, so I have to push myself the extra mile in life. Scott Roberts taught me how to adapt to every obstacle that could happen. In turn, the amount you are putting in isn’t enough; go harder and be the best on the field/track regardless of the name.
Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?
A: I am currently in the field of Law Enforcement. Outside of how I handle each situation, the way I approach each instance can be the difference from going home on my own terms or someone else’s. I’ve learned you have to be resilient. You always have to adapt and overcome.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: I majored in Sports Management. Down the road, I would love to pursue a career with scouting and developing talent. In the meantime, Law Enforcement is the field for me.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: Probably say I’m one of the most naturally talented people they’ve ever seen.
learned so much from Kentucky’s Hall of Fame Coach, Erik Jenkins. He taught me that there is always someone out working me, so I have to push myself the extra mile in life. Scott Roberts taught me how to adapt to every obstacle that could happen. In turn, the amount you are putting in isn’t enough; go harder and be the best on the field/track regardless of the name.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: There was a time where I broke 8 tackles in route to a 60+ yard run. Another is when I caught a pass out the backfield-where I had a linebacker in my face and a corner not too far behind on 3rd down. I made the LB miss, making him do a “helicopter” then I out ran the corner to gain the first down. (Film is on my social media)
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: Not taking advantage of my opportunities. There’s absolutely no reason why I’m not in the league right now except for my pride getting in the way. I was so competitive in track, I wanted to be the greatest. In football, I felt it would come easier. However, this is my opportunity to silence the critics if you will.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: Percy Harvin minus the headaches. I feel we both are the best players on the field at all times. Our IQ separates us from the average players.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: I’m not sure. My goal is to do my best at the combine. I don’t look too far into the future when it comes to things like that. I can be a tremendous asset, however that is not my focus.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I look to always give back as much as possible. I help out young athletes get better as much as I can.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: I mentally prepare more than physically. Once you get past the mental block, natural talent takes over.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: Making a impact at the combine to where a NFL team takes a chance on me.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: I enjoy hanging with my family. My family is so close knit it makes having outside friends a rarity.
Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?
A: Show everyone we bleed the same. We’re all humans and no matter how you feel about the next race.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: My mother. She influences me to be great in all aspects of life.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I actually have an old soul. I enjoy house music and old school jams.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: My dream job is to work in the front office of an NFL front office. I would like to manage a franchise where I have a say so in developing a team to win a championship.