Brandon: Stringfellow makes for a tall target
BRANDON - Brandon senior receiver Jalen Stringfellow is a target most quarterbacks would dream of having at their disposal. Standing 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, Stringfellow owns a 31-inch vertical jump and can run a 4.59 in the 40-yard dash. "The defensive backs are usually 5-6," he said. "When the ball gets thrown up, I'm already in the air." "Jalen does a lot of things well," Brandon coach John Lima said.Although Brandon relied primarily on its running game last season, when it averaged 220 rushing yards per game, Stringfellow wants to be ready when the ball comes his way this season. "This past summer, I worked on catching balls. There's no doubt I'll come down with the ball." Plagued with an ankle injury most of the season, he ended 2010 with five catches for 152 yards and a touchdown. "Hopefully he can stay healthy," Lima said. But improving his stats isn't at the top of the list for Stringfellow, who has interest from Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Central Connecticut and Central Florida. He wants to see the Eagles improve on their 9-2 record. He's focusing on being and leader on the field and in the locker room. Now a senior, he understands what it takes to command respect from his teammates. "(It's) the ability to talk to my teammates and to be a prime example on the field," he said. Over the summer, Stringfellow attended the U.S. Army All-American combine in San Antonio, Texas, a three-day combine featuring 500 of the nation's top underclassmen leading up to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game. He also attended the Football University's Top Guns Camp at the Warhill Sports Complex in Williamsburg, Va., where he joined more than 1,000 of the nation's top athletes and was trained by current and former NFL players and coaches. "It was a great experience," he said. "They teach you about opportunities." Lima is expecting Stringfellow to open up Brandon's air attack this season "He lines up at X (split) and he also lines up at Z (flanker) so depending on what defense gives us, we'll put him in the best position where we can find the best match."