"Strong really turned heads at the combine," said Scout.com analyst Miller Safrit, who was in attendance. "His very, very fast '40' time had everybody trying to find out who he was. Coaches put their arms around him to try and woo him only to find out later he had committed to North Carolina."
FUMA post-graduate football coach John Shuman said UNC assistant Andre' Powell has been staying in close contact with Strong for some time and that Strong's performance against Hargrave this season was evidence of his talent.
"He really clamped down some Hargrave receivers heading to SEC schools," Shuman said.
Strong previously attended Shelby (N.C.) Crest and the coach there, Roy Kirby, has high praise for his former standout.
"He can fly, he can fly," Kirby said. "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.
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