LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas product Pierre Strong Jr. will soon get the call and go pro. With zero FBS offers to his name out of McClellan High School, the former 2-star running back bloomed into an FCS All-American at South Dakota State. Once overlooked, Strong is now a projected mid-round pick in April’s NFL Draft.
“I was overlooked in high school so I got that chip on my shoulder,” Strong said. “Growing up where I grew up, it means the world. Coming back and telling kids that a dream is never too big if you put your mind to it.”
On Friday, Nick Walters caught up with the 4-year starter for the Jackrabbits. Strong ranks among the program’s all-time leaders in rushing. Starring at Little Rock McClellan, which eventually closed to become the new Southwest High, Strong earned all-state honors three times. He led his team to a state championship as a junior, and was named class 5A offensive player of the year as a senior in 2016. Over a two-year span, Strong racked up 4,268 rushing yards and 57 scores.
To hear more from Strong on the draft and his time in Arkansas, tune into FOX16 on Sunday night at 10. The NFL draft is being held April 28-30.