ELIZABETHTOWN — The path forged by two former Eagles football stars has another Eagles gridiron star’s GPS set in the same direction.
On Thursday morning, two-way East Bladen lineman Caleb Strait officially made his decision to play his college football for Louisburg College. It was a decision that was in place almost from the start.
“I had some interest in UNCP, but I was locked in at Louisburg because of the ties with former teammates and the fact that three other teammates are also going there,” Strait said. “So that’s going to make it easier.”
Strait was referring to twin brothers Farrell and Larrell Murchison, each of whom began their college careers at Louisburg College three years ago. Since then, Farrell, a running back, moved on to play at Winston-Salem State, and Larrell, a lineman, moved on to play at N.C. State, where he was redshirted last season.
Earlier this year, the Eagles trio of Devonta McIver, Lahkeyd Lesane and Xavia McDowell all signed to play football at Louisburg College in the fall.
Strait, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 280-pounder, was selected to play for the North Carolina team in the 81st annual Battle of the Carolinas Shrine Bowl at Wofford College. He saw plenty of action at offensive lineman in the game, which the Tar Heel team won, 55-24. During his senior season, Strait was the anchor for East Bladen’s offensive and defensive lines — and helped the Eagles to a 12-2 record, a share of the Three Rivers Conference crown and a deep run in the state’s Class 2-A playoffs. During Strait’s three seasons with the varsity, the Eagles went 31-10.
Robby Priest, who was Strait’s head coach all three seasons, said he thinks the path to Louisburg College is a solid one for Strait.
“It’s a real good fit for him — and with the track record we’ve had with them, with Larrell and Farrell, there’s a lot of trust between us and I think it’ll be a good path to a Div. I school,” Priest said.
Strait, who said he plans to major in either welding or mechanical engineering, already has his sights set beyond his two years with the Hurricanes.
” Hopefully N.C. State,” he said when asked where his next stop might be.
Strait is the son of Marier Harris and Steve Strait.
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