Commitment Update: Scioto OL Clark Crum

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6-7, 275-pound offensive tackle prospect Clark Crum is enjoying his senior season, in large part because he has already made his collegiate decision and doesn’t have the pressures of recruiting weighing heavily on his mind. Another reason is that Scioto (Dublin, OH) is 6-3 and has the chance to make the playoffs with a win this week.

The 2005 season has been Crum’s best, as he is experiencing the benefits of hard work over the off-season.

“I think I get better every time I practice,” Crum said. “The more you play, the better you get. I’ve gotten stronger in the weight room and I can really feel the difference when I’m playing. I’m in great shape. I’m a lot better at run blocking. I still need to get lower and drive more, but I’m going to keep working hard.”

Asked which game was his best performance, Crum answered “I’ve had a lot of good games this year, but my best game was probably against Pinkerington Central (Dublin Scioto won big). I had a good game pass blocking and a good game run blocking. We won, which is really the most important thing for an offensive lineman.”

When he is not focusing on his own season, Crum is busy following the Hokies. He gets a full update each week from Charley Wiles, with whom he has developed a solid relationship.

“Coach Wiles calls once a week,” Crum said. “He calls every Monday night. We’ve been able to develop a good relationship. He’s a great guy and it’s nice to stay in touch. It makes me feel like part of the program even though I’m not there yet. He checks on how I’m doing and tells me what they’re doing down there.

“A lot of people thought they would be pretty good this year. I was pretty excited and thought they could have a great season. They won the ACC Championship last year and had almost everyone back. It’s not a surprise to me.”

As for visiting his future school, Crum has already done so once and plans to get back to Blacksburg next weekend.

“I went on an unofficial visit for the Georgia Tech game,” Crum said. “I’m going to take my official visit on the Miami game weekend. It’s going to be nice to get a chance to talk to the guys on the team and get a player’s perspective. I’ll get to meet with some academic people. It’s really going to be a hands on experience, so I’m excited about it.”