Strong Dominates at Fortius Project, Earns First Offer
South Panola ATH Jordan Strong came to the Fortius Project looking to come away with the STRONGER Award, the camps mvp award. He came up just short of winning the award, but his dominating performance throughout the 1 on 1's earned him a spot on the All-Combine team.
"Could've had a better 40 time, had great time with the guys I knew before the camp, me and Christian (Grenada ATH Christian Cain) were competing for the trophy, unfortunately I came up short and my man Patrick( South Panola QB Patrick Shegog) won, but it was still a great time," Strong on his experience at the Fortius Project.
Strong's dominating performance in the individual drills did not go unnoticed, he received his first offer the day after the combine from Coach Cannon and Itawamba Community College. Strong plans to keep striving to earn a Division 1 offer, but says that ICC will definitely be one of his top schools if he doesn't receive a D1 offer.
"It was great, I know ICC will be the first school to come to mind if I don't have a division one offer in February(2018), it's a blessing and I was just extremely excited," Strong on receiving his first offer after the Fortius Project.
Strong now turns his focus to his main goal he wants so badly to achieve in his senior season, bringing home the State Championship to USP.
"Mainly working on my grades, getting stronger and gaining more weight, and of course winning the State Championship begins in the offseason so I'm using my time wisely to help South Panola get that 12th Championship," Strong on his plans for the rest of the offseason.
Strong wants to have a huge season in his final year on the field representing South Panola, as he and his teammates strive to regain the 6A State Championship in the first year with former coach Ricky Woods back at the helm.
"Individually I want to have 10+ interceptions, I want to make quarterbacks watch film and get afraid, and on offense I just want to get better at making big catches at all times. Of course, as a team we want to win the State Championship, my class( the 2018 class) doesn't want to be one of the only classes to leave without a State Championship ring," Strong on his goals for his senior season.
Growing up in Mississippi, Strong loves to model his game and the way he plays after former greats from Mississippi and one former South Panola Tiger.
"I model my game out of many guys, mostly from Mississippi, I also model my game after the honey badger( Tyrann Mathieu) because he plays aggressive and that's how I play the game heart over size. I also model my game after Antonio Conner, he's just a role model to me so I try to do things like he did at South Panola," Strong on who he likes to model his game after.
If Strong continues striving to get better and accomplish his goals, maybe 10 years down the road their will be future South Panola Tigers saying they want to play the game like Jordan Strong did.
With the drive and determination that he shows when he's competing, this ICC offer is likely just the beginning of a long line of offers for Strong to choose from next February.
Strong and South Panola will be one of most interesting teams to watch in 2017, as they take the field with lofty expectations in their first year with Ricky Woods back at USP.