2015 Intro: Calvin Strong

Omaha North sophomore Calvin Strong finished his season rushing for nearly 1,900 yards and 22 touchdowns, numbers likely to put him on many college's radars this offseason.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Omaha North's Calvin Strong is one of the better running backs in the Midwest for the 2015 class. Just a sophomore, Strong has been starting for the Vikings all season and putting up big numbers.

On Monday night, Strong played in the Nebraska Class A State Championship game, but saw his team fall to Millard North in one of the more exciting finishes in the game's history, 17-14.

It wasn't due to a lack of effort on the running back's part. Strong rushed for 157 yards on 25 carries, finding the end zone once - comparable numbers to his body of work each game this season. The sophomore finished the year with 1,888 yards on 224 carries, an average of 8.42 ypc.

A player who projects at this point to be a high-offer prospect, Strong has been seen on the sidelines at least twice already for Nebraska home games this season.

Big Red Report's Bryan Munson caught up with the 5-foot-9, 175-pound prospect before his state title game over the weekend.

About being a sophomore and leading his team to state:
"It's big for me to come out here and do what I can for the team," Strong said. "If I can do what I can as a sophomore it's great. But it's not about me. It's a team sport."

Goals:
"I achieved most of my goals this year just by helping my team get to the championship game."

Working on:
"More weightlifting and in the summer more conditioning. I need more things just to get my body fit. I will be looking to lead my team to a state championship again next year.

"I think that some people will say that we relied on a lot of seniors on our team. I know that our underclassmen have handled their own just like the upper classmen."

Visit to Lincoln:
"I went to see them play Michigan and I saw them play Penn State. They have really nice facilities at Nebraska. I like the fans and I like the environment. I like the offense that they are running too."

"In both of the games that I saw they had to come back to win. Both wins were huge. And Ameer Abdullah, he's a great running back."

Running style:
"I would compare my style to Ameer's. I have been watching him a lot this whole season. He's been progressing a lot since his freshman year and even just this season.

"He does it all on the football field like catch the ball and did returns last year. I can catch the ball and I am on kick returns too. Most of the time they don't kick the ball to me."

Ideal school:
"I am looking at the environment for me to live in for the next four years. I need to get my education on top of playing football."

Nebraska:
"I love Nebraska. That's my top school and I have been thinking about going there. I would love to go to Nebraska. They have great running back tradition at Nebraska."

Damon Benning:
"He's one of our coaches. He's been helping me develop my skills. He's helping me be the best that I can be. He's really helping me develop as a player."


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