6-6, 320 pound EE Smith (Fayetteville, NC) prospect Curtis Crouch has only played football for two years. He first began playing as a sophomore, playing defensive tackle for his first full season. He moved to offensive tackle last season as a junior and has progressed into a top prospect in the state of North Carolina.
“He’s been playing football for two years,” EE Smith Head Coach Milton Butts said. “He didn’t play football his freshman year. As a sophomore he played defense. Last year he was primarily on offense. Next season we’ll play him on both sides of the ball.
“Since he started playing he’s gotten a lot stronger. He’s quicker. He plays center on the basketball team and I think that helped his quickness and speed.”
Crouch’s quickness and speed to go along with his massive frame are often too tough for opposing teams to handle.
“His quickness is one of his strengths,” Butts said. “He’s real quick. He has good feet. He also has long arms and gets good extension. Curtis shows a lot of power off the ball.”
According to Butts, Crouch has received somewhere between 25 and 30 scholarship offers. Included on the list of offers are East Carolina, NC State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UVa, and Virginia Tech.
“He has about 25 or 30 offers, somewhere in there,” Butts said. “Both UVa and Virginia Tech have offered. They both like him on offense. Most of the teams are recruiting him to play offensive tackle.”
Though some say NC State could be tough to beat, Butts says Crouch has no true leader right now. The talented big man has yet to narrow his list but will likely do so before the start of his senior season.
“I asked him [if he had any favorites] and he said ‘not really,’” Butts said. “He wants to go somewhere where they’ll take care of him. There is no one favorite right now. We’ll sit down when he’s ready and try and narrow his list to five.”
Butts would like to see his star take all five official visits, however acknowledged the decision will be Crouch’s to make.
“It depends on how each official visit goes,” Butts said of the possibility of Crouch taking all five official visits. “Hopefully he won’t decide after the first one. I hope he’ll take all five visits, but that’s up to him and his family. I’m going to stay out of it. This is a decision he and his family have to make.”
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