June 29, 2006

Honors rolling in for Ole Miss commitment

Accolades continue to pile up for the No. 1 player in the state of Mississippi.

Chris Strong, a 6-foot-3, 256-pound middle linebacker from perennial power South Panola, learned of his newest honor Wednesday night.

Strong was named to the Street and Smith's pre-season high school All-American team, this is his second All-American honor in two weeks.

"I was also named to the National College Association pre season high school All-America team," Strong said. "I'm also proud of being named the No.1 middle linebacker in the country by Rivals.com, I'm shocked at all of the honors I'm receiving especially since I only played in three ball games my junior season."

Strong played the first three games of the year before an ACL injury sidelined him for the rest of the season.

"My knee is 110 percent right now," Strong said. "I'm bigger and stronger than I have ever been and just as fast."

Strong was the Rebels first commit of the 2007 class and perhaps the strongest commit for Ole Miss.

"I'm 200 percent committed to Ole Miss," Strong said. "I know what commitment means. It means to me that I'm not taking any other official visits other than Ole Miss, not camping at any other camps and I'm not even taking calls from other schools. I'm going to Ole Miss, that's the only school that I'm interested in hearing from."

Despite his strong commitment hasn't kept all the schools in the SEC to offer the standout defender.

"I have offers from every SEC school except one - Mississippi State tried offering me - I told them not to waste their time," Strong said in a previous interview. "Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Southern Cal, and Miami have offered me also."

Strong is also happy to hear that his cousin John Jerry has arrived on the Ole Miss campus and Jerrell Powe is expected next week.

"I talked to John the other day, he is very excited about being there," Strong said. "Ole Miss just got a lot better with those guys getting there."

Strong is looking for his senior season this fall in hopes of racking up big defensive numbers.

"My stats weren't that impressive with just playing in three ballgames," Strong said. "I still made the all-state team, and was one of the top defensive players in the state in just three games. I can't wait to see what I can accomplish with a full season."

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