In today’s recruiting landscape, South River Coach Lance Clelland said, “If you’re going to be recruited, you have to have a big junior year.” Highlights and game videos then are sent to college coaches and the recruiting cycle kicks into gear.

Then there is South River wide receiver Mike Strange, who had just one touchdown catch last season and didn’t have much film to send out.

That has changed this fall, though, as the 6-foot-4, 185-pound senior ranks among the Washington area’s top pass catchers.

Entering Friday’s win-and-get-in game against fifth-ranked Old Mill, Strange has 45 catches for 926 yards and 12 touchdowns.

“He’s a late bloomer,” Clelland said. “Every I-AA school out there is recruiting him.”

Strange does not yet have any scholarship offers, but is hearing most from Old Dominion, Towson, William & Mary, Stone Brook and Wofford, Clelland said.

Clelland expects to have several scholarship players next year, including quarterback Connor Cox, running back Lavon Chaney and slot receiver Eric Young.

Unlike Strange, those players will have plenty of highlights to show college recruiters this spring and should get plenty of exposure at college camps, Clelland said

“They’ve had a great year,” said Clelland, in his first year at South River after previously coaching at Meade. “I don’t think they’ve really thrown this much before. But they have a feel for getting open and thing I’ve been most impressed with is the scrambling ability of Connor. That’s something you can work on, but really it’s innate. I’d guess one third of our touchdowns have been in scrambling situations.”

Cox leads the Washington area with 2,471 yards passing and 30 touchdowns.