OM recruit named USA Today All-American

Chris Strong (LB, South Panola, MS) - It did not come to a surprise to many when Chris Strong was named to the USA Today All-American squad, but that did not temper the excitement from Chris.

"I am at a loss for words with all of these words. Again, this is all about my teammates. They are what got me here," added Chris Strong. "This is just another honor for our program."

Chris was Mississippi's only selection to the All-American squad. He helped South Panola to a #9 national ranking by USA Today and last year the Tigers came in at #11.

He finished his remarkable career at South Panola with 4 State Championships and ran up a 56-0 record during his time frame with the Tiger's program.

"Like I told you before our community takes a lot of pride in our program around here. This is not about Chris Strong, this is about the University of South Panola."

Chris was also recently named Mr. Football for the state of Mississippi by the Clarion Ledger. He is one of two Mississippians (Ole Miss recruit Cannon Smith is the other) selected to participate in the nation's most prestigious high school all-star event, the Army All-American game.

Strong was Mississippi's only junior named to the 2005 Clarion Ledger 1st Team All-State squad. He was also the only Mississippian that was selected to the 2005 All-South Team by the Orlando Sentinel and Prep Star All-American as a junior.

Chris finished the 2006 campaign with 71 tackles, 5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.

The Rebels will also receive an official visit from USA Today 1st Team All-American selection, Joe McKnight, on January 12-14.

Chris marks Coach Ed Orgeron's 4th USA Today All-American as Michael Oher (1st Team), Jerrell Powe (1st Team), and Cordera Eason (2nd Team) were prior selections under Coach Orgeron's tenure.

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