Northern Vance (Henderson, NC) prospect Paul Crews is one of the top cornerbacks in the state of North Carolina. At 5-10, 171 pounds, he is a strong and sure tackler, making 96 tackles as a junior. He also intercepted eight passes, earning all-area and all-conference honors.
The strength to Crews’ game lies in his instincts. According to head coach Randy Long, Crews is one of those players with an ability to make plays.
“He’s smooth and controlled, and breaks well on the ball,” said Long. “Paul has a knack for making picks. And he has an uncanny ability to move forwards, backwards, and sideways easily.”
If there was one area Crews needed to improve before his senior season, it would be his speed. Through hard work and training, he has gotten much faster since last summer.
“Last year, I ran around a 4.6 in the 40 yard dash,” said Crews. “But I ran track after my football season, which really helped a lot. Earlier in the spring, my coach timed me at a 4.33 in the 40. I ran a 4.45 at the Wake Forest camp as well.”
Crews has taken in six camps this summer – the Nike Camp in Blacksburg, UVA, FSU, Wake Forest, Duke, UNC, and NC State. His experience at Virginia was a successful one, and very impressive as well. The Cavaliers are in Crews’ top two on his list of schools.
“When I went up to the camp, I saw that they had a great staff,” said Crews. “I had a chance to speak with Coach Prince and Coach Groh. They have a great team. I really like the fact that they play a lot of freshman.”
Florida State is Crews’ other favorite school. His camp experience in Tallahassee was his most challenging of the summer.
“Of the six camps, the FSU one was the one that challenged me the most,” said Crews. “The talent level was better. I feel like I did very well, and they said I did well. I liked it there too – I met Coach Andrews and some of the players.”
He has received seven verbal scholarship offers. Those schools include Virginia, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and “two smaller schools.” Once Crews raises his SAT scores, he believes the official offers will come rolling in.
“Schools haven’t yet officially offered because they want me to raise my SAT score,” said Crews. “I’ve been working hard on that this summer. I’m taking a SAT prep class. I think my core is fine, I just need to concentrate on raising those SAT’s.”
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