East St. Louis (Ill.) four-star running back Natereace Strong missed the end of his junior season with a foot injury, but his spirits have been lifted recently by coaches coming by the school to see him.
"Illinois Coach [Tim] Salem has been by to see me and from Mizzou, Coach [Cornell] Ford," Strong said. "They just told me to get back 100 percent and have a good senior season, so that's what I am going to do."
Both Illinois and Missouri have already extended offers to the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Strong. Another school that has yet to offer was also in his school recently.
"Iowa State came by to visit me," Strong said. "They said they are going to offer me but they haven't offered me yet, so sometime this week or next they should offer me."
The other schools that have offered Strong are Florida State, Kansas, Michigan State and Ohio State.
"I have been getting looked at by Notre Dame heavily, and Florida State," Strong said. "Florida State has offered me and they keep sending me a lot of mail. Notre Dame has been sending a lot of mail too."
Strong was unable to make any college game visits this fall. He had planned to attend Ohio State's Oct. 26 home game with teammate Terry Beckner Jr., but their own schedule took precedence.
"We had a game the day we were planning on making it to Ohio State," Strong said. "Beckner is doing basketball right now and I'm getting ready for indoor track, but we talked with our coaches and they said they wouldn't mind if we get down there to look at the campus. So, we'll be taking a trip soon, but I don't know when."
Strong's injury was a fractured bone in his foot and it caused him to miss East St. Louis' playoff run. He is starting to walk on it again, and expects to be fully healthy soon.
The four-star running back checked in as the No. 194 ranked prospect in the country in the initial Rivals250 presented by Under Armour for the 2015 class, which was released earlier this week.