But he didn't commit – and now has a weekend away from Fork Union to let everything settle.
"He visited Illinois last weekend," explained Strong's head coach John Shuman. "This weekend we're on winter break, so he's on his way home right now."
This weekend's visit – to home – could be the most important visit for the Tar Heels' in the Strong sweepstakes. According to his head coach, Strong will iron out a decision by the end of his winter break.
"I think he is going home to decide between UNC and Illinois," remarked Shuman. "Being fresh off the visit, he was contemplating committing to Illinois, but I think when he gets home and understands his family situation I think he'll probably end up at UNC.
"When I was talking to him yesterday we discussed that if he goes to Illinois he'll basically get dropped there for four years and its going to be hard for his people to come see him. Whereas if he stays in-state they can get in and out with no problem.
"I think he had the glow of the visit on him and I think he will come back to probably UNC."
Strong, a Scout.com three-star prospect, is originally from Shelby (N.C.) Crest and is currently ranked as the 48th cornerback in the nation.