Weight: 165 lbs.
High school: Matthews (NC) Butler
Jersey number: #8
Last year: Stribling was a senior in high school. I gave him a TTB Rating of 73.
Stribling came out of nowhere in the summer of 2012 to earn a Michigan offer after he camped in Ann Arbor at the end of June. Prior to then, the Ball State Fightin' Brady Hokes were the only FBS team to have offered him, so it was a very un-dude move by Hoke to swoop in and steal him. Stribling went on to have a stellar senior season in which he starred offensively, defensively, and on special teams on the way to a North Carolina state championship.
Stribling's a little thin, and the need for an immediate contribution at cornerback isn't very high. Three quasi-starters return (Raymon Taylor, Blake Countess, and Courtney Avery) with Delonte Hollowell pushing for playing time, too. While Stribling shows a nose for the ball and making plays, he's not the kind of freak athlete who would probably force his way onto the field as a freshman. In some ways, he might be the kind of guy whose jersey number he is taking (J.T. Floyd), another Carolinian who had good length, lacks blazing speed, and might be better off at safety in the long run. I think Stribling has a higher ceiling than Floyd, but he's still likely to redshirt.