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CHRIS STRONG

Height: 6-3
Weight: 260 lbs.
School: South Panola
Hometown: Batesville, MS
COMMITMENT: Ole Miss

PROFILE:

Power and speed are often two important ingredients for success when it comes to evaluating talent on the football field.

Many football players possess one or the other, but Chris Strong is one of the few recruits in the nation that features both.

With his 6-3, 260-pound frame, Strong has the mobility and strength to develop into a bona fide defensive threat at the collegiate level.

Strong, who runs well for his size with a 4.65 40-time, prides himself on his aggressive approach to the game and has the potential to become a fierce pass rusher next fall.

With his long arms and passion for the game, the Mississippi native garnered national attention at South Panola, leading the Tigers to their fifth straight state championship while being named the state's MVP.

In 2005, Strong recorded 94 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles as the only junior to earn First Team All-State honors.

CSTV's Tom Lemming had the opportunity to watch Strong play this past fall and believes that the senior is one of the more gifted recruits in this year's talent pool.

Strong, who is ranked No. 26 in Lemming's Class of 2007, will follow in the footsteps of his uncle and former Ole Miss linebacker Eddie Strong and stay close to home after announcing his commitment to Ole Miss.

TOM LEMMING'S TAKE:

I went down to Mississippi to watch Chris play this fall and was impressed with his overall athletic ability. He looked to me to be a little bit heavy weighing in around 266 but he showed superior mobility, balance and burst. One of the more gifted athletes in the country, if he can keep his weight down he will remain at inside linebacker. In my opinion he is more likely to wind up playing with his hand on the ground for Ole Mississippi.