Q&A with Clark Crum

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Earlier this week, Virginia Tech landed a commitment from Clark Crum, an offensive tackle prospect out of Scioto High School in Dublin, Ohio. Crum, who says he’s “6-6 ¾ without shoes on” and weighs 285 pounds, is the first commitment for the 2006 recruiting class. His commitment is a good start in addressing the need at offensive line, which is one of the top needs in this year’s class. Look for the Hokies to try and take four more offensive lineman.

A good athlete, Crum plays basketball as well and averaged 17 points per game last season. On the gridiron, he earned first-team all-district honors last season as a junior. Crum is a two-year starter at offensive tackle.

“Virginia Tech is getting a big lineman that runs well and moves his feet well,” Dublin Scioto head coach Karl Johnson said of Crum. “He’s got a lot of size potential. I mean, he’s going to be a big kid. He’s about 6-7, 280 or 285 pounds right now and he’s going to be a 310-pounder easily. He will be a three-year starter for us and should be on three playoff teams – we went to the final four in ’03, lost in the regional semis last year and this year we have our eye on going all the way. He’s got a lot of playing experience in a successful program and he’s done a good job for us.”

A good student, Crum will easily qualify and hopes to major in Pharmacy or Pre Med.

Q&A with Clark Crum

TSL: What was it about Virginia Tech that separated them from other schools that offered?

Clark Crum: There was about three or four things I was looking for in a school. I always wanted the campus to be nice, so there was basically just the comfort level there. Me and my mom made a visit and it was just very nice there. The campus was very secluded. I liked it a lot, actually. Everything’s out there, on its own, and I liked that. It’s very unique.

Other than that, the coaches were a big part of my decision. Those are the people you’re going to be spending your time with while you’re there. When coach Stinespring and coach Wiles were recruiting me, they were treating me with the utmost respect and dignity. They were just great guys. My mom and I could tell it was genuine and they weren’t putting on a show. That was another big part of it and, also, the combination of a good athletic and academic school. The academics are there for what I want and obviously Virginia Tech’s one of the top football programs in the country. It was just perfect.

TSL: Was distance a factor in your decision?