July 21, 2011

OKC defender up to three offers

For Oklahoma City prep Quintaz Struble, the start to this season will be different than the last two for one reason - confidence in his legs. The past two seasons Struble has been walking into the season fresh off knee injuries, which have since healed.

"I got rid of the fear I had from the start of the last two seasons," said the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Heritage Hall Prep. "My sophomore year was my right leg and last year was my left leg. My sophomore year I tore everything by ACL and fractured the fibula. Last year I hyperextended my knee. Once I started wearing braces during playoffs, that is when things started to happen. Now, my knees are stronger and I believe I can play."

Struble will play fullback and his preferred position of defensive end this season for Heritage Hall after accounting for 15 sacks and 105 stops a year ago. The film from his junior season was enough to elicit scholarship offers from Colorado State, Arizona and North Texas. In addition to those three schools, he said he is also getting daily mail from Wake Forest and Wyoming.

That offer list likely would have extended this summer had he been able to attend camps. Instead, Stuble said he worked to pay for his schooling.

"I think I am a little bit on the radar," Struble said. "I am not worried about it."

Struble's experience with Colorado State has been in the form of talking with wide receivers coach Dan Hammerschmidt.

"I like Coach Hammer," Struble said. "He is real cool. He seems cool and like a good coach. I like their weather too, even thought it is cold down there, I think I could get used to it if I stay down there a year. It is different, it is exciting it is far from home. I would like to get away from home too. I went skiing in Colorado two years ago and I loved the skiing."

Struble said he has received an offer from North Texas during a summer school class and hasn't had a lot of information from the Mean Green since. However, he said Dallas is close to Oklahoma City and offers a lot of things to do.

One school that has Struble's attention is Arizona, which has pitched him on their defense, the weather and their uniforms.

I like the head coach (Mike Stoops)," Struble said. "He is pretty cool. I have talked to him and he is real cool. I like their coaching staff and they had a good season going to the Alamo Bowl. They had a good season and the bowl game shows they are improving. I also like the weather - I don't like to be in the cold and they have nice uniforms."

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