Heels Eyeing Fork Union CB

A newspaper story says former Shelby Crest standout cornerback Jermaine Strong, currently prepping at Fork Union Military Academy in Virgina, has already committed to the Tar Heels' 2005 class. But his coach says it hasn't happened – yet.

According to a report in Friday's edition of The Roanoke Times, written by Doug Doughty, Strong has already verbally committed to North Carolina. However later the same day, FUMA post-graduate football coach John Shuman told Inside Carolina that the story was ‘inaccurate.'

"I think someone told Doug that he had committed to Carolina, but I would argue that they have not presented him with an offer," Shuman said.

Shuman did agree the Tar Heels have shown great interest in Strong, especially following a two-interception performance against Hargrave Military Academy earlier this year. He also said UNC assistant Andre' Powell is staying in contact with Strong.

"He really clamped down some Hargrave receivers heading to SEC schools," Shuman said. "As soon as he cleans up some things academically, [UNC] will be offering. But I can't say that they have offered yet."

Crest coach Roy Kirby said this about Strong: "He can fly, he can fly. He was on the State 4x100m championship team and fourth in the state in the hurdles. We put him on the best wide receivers when he played defense, and he was a threat to score on offense. He could play either side of the ball in Division I-A. He had plenty of interest but they knew he would have to prep before going to college. He's smart enough to get it done academically, but like a lot of kids, he fell behind."

In Crest's 40-0 win over Eastern Randolph to win the 2003 NCHSAA 3-AA championship, Strong caught a 67-yard pass for one touchdown and set up another with a 33-yard reception to help the Chargers score on three of its first four possessions.

Mark Ellington contributed to this report.


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