Carlos Strickland, a former four-star wide receiver, will transfer to Kansas State after spending a year at Cal. The Dallas native made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday evening.
As a recruit out of Skyline High School, Strickland was ranked four stars and the No. 20 among all wide receivers in the 2015 class. He made the announcement that he was leaving Cal earlier this month. According to SFGate.com, part of the motivation was to be closer to family.
Wide receiver Carlos Strickland will transfer closer to his Dallas home to be near his ailing grandfather, the Cal redshirt freshman announced Saturday on Twitter.
“I am very thankful for the opportunity I’ve had at UC Berkeley and will never forget the memories I’ve shared with my peers,” Strickland wrote. “Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout my time at Cal. I wish the program the best this season and in the years to come.”
Cal head coach Sonny Dykes spoke about the loss of Strickland after he made his initial decision.
“I talked to him this morning,” head coach Sonny Dykes said after practice Saturday. “I hate to lose him, wish him the best. The good thing is we’ve got a lot of depth at those spots. We’re going to be just fine.”
Strickland was No. 2 on the depth chart at the WR-Z position on Cal's preseason depth chart. He caught three passes for 19 yards in the Bears' spring game after redshirting as a true freshman in 2015. He will presumably have to sit out the 2016 season after transferring schools.
Kansas State opens the 2016 season with a very tough game at Stanford. Last year, Bill Snyder's club went 6-6, finishing the regular season on a three game winning streak before losing to Arkansas 45-23 in the Liberty Bowl.