Strait is considered one of the best high school football players in Texas history. While playing at Cuero High School from 1985–88, Strait rushed for 8,411 yards on a state-record 1,131 carries and scored 841 points. He had 41 games with more than 100 yards rushing for his career, with was then second to Emmitt Smith's national record of 45 games and was the Texas state record until Wes Danaher broke the record in 1995 with 43 100-yard games. In 1987 Strait scored 372 points, which is second in Texas football history only to Ken Hall (395 points in 1953), while Cuero High won the 3A state championship. In 1985 and 1986 Cuero had lost the title game.
Considered the state's top recruit in 1989 alongside Jessie Armstead, Strait accepted a scholarship offer by Grant Teaff to play for Baylor University. At the time he was considered “the most heralded recruit in Baylor school history.” In the 1994 NFL Draft he was picked by the Cleveland Browns in the 10th round with the 171st pick overall. He never played in the NFL, though.