Chris Strong picks Rebs!

Chris Strong (LB, South Panola, MS) - South Panola rising senior LB Chris Strong didn't want any suspense regarding his recruitment. He made it official today - he's going to be a Rebel. Chris is the first commitment for Coach Ed Orgeron's 2007 signing class. Read about it inside.

Chris Strong , nephew of former Rebel great Eddie Strong, didn't see the need of the long, drawn-out recruiting process.

The 6-3, 240-pound middle linebacker from South Panola High School in Batesville, MS, said he knew where he wanted to go and has known for a long time.

"Ole Miss is like home to me. I watched Eddie play there and have always liked it there. Why wait?" said Strong. "I also like Coach O (Ed Orgeron) and the enthusiasm he brings to the game. I can play for a coach like that."

Chris becomes the first commitment for the Ole Miss 2007 class and signing day for the 2006 class is still five days away.

"There's no need for me to drag it out," he said. "I know where I want to go and now I don't have to worry about recruiting. I can concentrate on my senior year."

Chris will be trying to lead South Panola to an unprecedented fourth straight AAAAA state title next year and they are the odds-on favorites to do it.

"Four-peat is what we are all about. We're going to work hard and get it," he stated.

Chris led the South Panola defense last year with 94 tackles and 5 QB sacks from his MLB position.

For his efforts, he was one of two Mississippians named to the Prep All-American team - Ole Miss commitment RB Cordera Eason from Meridian being the other. 101 players from across the nation were named to the prestigious team and he was one of only four juniors to gain that distinction.

Chris was also the only junior named to the Clarion-Ledger All-State first team for the 2005 season, and he was also named to the Orlando Sentinel Top 100 All-South team his junior year.

Strong picked Ole Miss over Tennessee.

"I was thinking about Tennessee, yea, but nobody could really touch Ole Miss."

In addition to Ole Miss and Tennessee, Chris has already begun to receive serious interest from Oklahoma, Alabama, LSU, Arkansas, Michigan, Louisville, and Notre Dame.

"Eddie (Strong) is very happy. And so am I. Ole Miss is where I want to be and I'm going to work on other top players to get them to Ole Miss during my senior year," he closed.

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