October 13, 2006

New Orleans native happy with return

Most high school athletes take for granted the opportunity to play the game that they love.

For one young man he is glad to be back in New Orleans after spending last fall in Mississippi, being forced to leave home after Hurricane Katrina.

"It's great to be home," Tyler Stratford said. "Last season was tough, with the storm and all the craziness afterwards. Things are much better this fall and I can settle down and concentrate on football."

Stratford played football at Port Gibson High School last fall and is now back at O.P. Walker High School in New Orleans. One thing that Stratford is thankful for is the fact that college recruiters haven't had a problem relocating him.

"Right now I would have to say that Memphis, Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech are recruiting me the hardest," Stratford said. "I like Ole Miss, Auburn and LSU a lot; I'm just waiting to see if they are going to offer."

According to Stratford's head coach Derek Lamothe, he is very happy to have the talented wide out back home.

"Tyler is so athletic and can make so many things happen with his speed and hands," Coach Lamothe said. "He is a great young man, great character, great work ethic and some university will get a steal in Tyler."

Stratford has grown a little bit since last year, according to the two star wide out; he is getting bigger and faster.

"I'm approaching 6-foot-3 and I'm weighing near 190," Stratford said. "I'm still running a 4.4 forty and having a great season."

Stratford plans on taking a few unofficial visits if he gets the chance and is looking forward to taking in a game in Oxford.

"I love it at Ole Miss," Stratford said. "The campus is beautiful, I'm close to Coach Frank Wilson, and he is a great guy. I like what Coach (Ed) Orgeron is doing up there, they are building something special."

Stratford participated in the Ole Miss Skill camp this past summer.

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