Michigan Wolverines sign 35th ADA family member
MATTHEWS, N.C. — Channing Stribling signed a letter of intent to play football with the 24th-ranked Michigan Wolverines football team Feb. 6.
Stribling is the son of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dennis Stribling, a human resources technician with the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Dragons, stationed at Osan Air Base in South Korea.
“Channing is a product of the Army,” said Stribling. “He’s a success story of an ‘Army Brat,’ showing that [an Army lifestyle] can be beneficial for a kid.”
Growing up in the military has made the younger Stribling more resourceful and adaptive, forging him into a better athlete and young man than he might have otherwise been, said Stribling.
Having grown up as an Alabama fan, the younger Stribling first caught the attention of Michigan recruiters at a skills camp hosted at the Wolverines campus during the summer of 2012 where he demonstrated his unique skill set as a cornerback.
Notable for a player his size are his ball skills, deft hands, instincts and “great hips” giving him great reactive ability, said Stribling.
At 6 feet 3 inches tall and nearly 180 pounds, the high school senior would likely have been groomed to become a safety or wide receiver in times past, said the proud father.
Instead, Stribling continued, his son is part of a recent trend in football of fielding larger defensive backs.
The younger Stribling is part of Michigan’s recruiting class of 29 athletes that has been rated as the fifth best nation-wide among the schools this season.
Channing will pursue a degree in psychology with the hope of working with youth in some capacity in the future, said his father.
Early in February of each year the National Collegiate Athletic Association holds its National Signing Day, where high school seniors sign letters of intent to play football, and other sports, for a particular NCAA school.