April 26, 2012

Keeping up with Crowder

Rockingham (NC) Richmond County's b>Tyrone Crowder, who is ranked by Rivals.com as a four-star recruit and as the nation's No. 8 offensive guard, claims 16 scholarship offers.

The 6-foot-2, 315-pound Crowder said all of the attention caught him by surprise a little bit, but he should know by now it is only going to keep coming.

Crowder said he may narrow his list of schools down to a top five later this spring, but no one is standing out to him.

"I've been to Florida over spring break, and I went to NC State's spring practice," Crowder said. "They [NC State] have a great program. The coaches down there are great. They know what they're talking about."

Jim Bridge is recruiting Crowder for the Wolfpack.

"He's a great coach, and he definitely knows what he's talking about," Crowder said. "He just wants me to come down there."

Crowder visited Wake Forest Saturday, March 24.

"He's [Jonathan Himebauch] a great coach," Crowder said. "He's got a lot of excitement. I'll probably make it back down there [Wake Forest]."

UNC associate head coach for defense and inside linebackers coach Vic Koenning is the area recruiter for Crowder, but run-game coordinator and offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic is also helping to pursue the in-state stud for the Tar Heels.

"Coach Kap comes out sometimes," Crowder said. "We have a pretty good relationship. I was talking to him on Facebook, and we were talking about random stuff. We're talking about our favorite food, just trying to get to know each other more."

Crowder added he does not think distance will be a factor when it comes to choosing his school. What he is looking for in a college is a great football program, a campus lifestyle he enjoys and fits in with well and then the school must have the major he wants. He has not chosen a major yet, which is quite normal for many recruits at this stage of the process.

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