The Missouri Tigers received some surprising news on Wednesday.
Nate Strong, rated at the nation’s No. 2 junior college running back in 2016, is eligible to enroll at Missouri after all. It was reported in June that Strong was not academically eligible to enroll at the university until 2017, but it appears that is no longer the case.
Power Mizzou’s Gabe DeArmond reports that Strong is now academically eligible, and the running back confirmed the news to Power Mizzou via text message that he will be on campus in the fall.
DeArmond was unsure of the specific details of the situation, but it’s certainly good news for the Tigers, who ranked 120th out of 128 FBS teams in rushing yards per game in 2015.
Strong originally committed to Missouri in 2015, did not sign with Missouri and played his freshman season at Hinds Community College (Raymond, Miss.) where he rushed for 102 yards on 15 carries.
The JUCO transfer will join Ish Witter, who led the Tigers with 518 rushing yards last season, as well as Oklahoma transfer Alex Ross in Missouri’s backfield.