Running back Nate Strong’s next move in college football will be somewhere other than Columbia after officially exiting the Missouri program.
Tigers coach Barry Odom said Tuesday that Strong has decided to leave the Tigers’ team. Strong informed him of the decision a day before the Sept. 2 season opener against Missouri State.
Strong was a top junior college recruit from Hinds (Miss.) Community College. He rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns last year, but saw little action behind the entrenched running back duo of Damarea Crockett and Ish Witter.
Strong also missed four weeks during spring practice due to an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Without Strong, the depth chart at running back now stands at Crockett, Witter, freshman Larry Rountree III and freshman Isaiah Miller. Both freshmen were three-star recruits.
Strong, an East St. Louis, Illinois native, originally committed to Missouri out of high school as a member of the 2015 recruiting cycle but failed to qualify academically and enrolled at Hinds (Miss.) Community College.
As a high school prospect, Strong was a four-star recruit who was ranked among the top 25 running backs in the nation; as a JUCO prospect in the 2016 cycle, he was a top 15 overall prospect, including the No. 2 running back.
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