Crouse Expecting Big Senior Season

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At only 5-8, 210 pounds, Pulaski (VA) running back Kevin Crouse plays with big heart. He has been a starter since his freshman year and, this past season, led the team in rushing with over 1,600 yards and 19 touchdowns. He’s eyeing bigger and better things for his senior season and hopes he can earn a few scholarship offers along the way.

“He’s a very hard worker,” Pulaski head coach Jack Turner said of Crouse. “He’s an outstanding practice player. That’s what makes him so good – his work ethic during the season and in the off-season.”

While he can go to the outside, Crouse admits he really likes to mix it up between the tackles.

“I’m a power runner,” Crouse said. “I’m not the fastest, but I don’t get caught from behind very often. I like running in between the tackles more than running outside, but I’ll run outside too.”

This off-season, Crouse, who recently attended last weekend’s combine in Durham, North Carolina, is hoping to improve his speed and quickness. He posted a 40 time in the 4.7s and a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.41 this past weekend. A good athlete, he posted a 34-inch vertical leap.

“I’m working on my speed more than anything else,” said Crouse, whose fastest 40 time is around a 4.6. “I’m strong, but I’ve just got to get faster. We do a lot of drills like ladder drills and shuttle runs and run with sleds and a lot of little stuff. For the sled drills, I actually get my older cousin to get on the ropes. He holds me back and I have to get as low as possible to where my face is probably a foot away from the ground and pulling as hard as I can. It helps a whole lot, especially since I’m a power runner.”

Recruiting-wise, Crouse says he is hearing from several in-state programs but hopes the attention will continue to grow throughout the spring.

“The most contact is UVa and there’s a little bit with Tech,” Crouse said. “Coach Hite has sent a couple of handwritten letters. He said he’d talk to me after I get my SAT score in. I talk to JMU a lot.

“It’s nothing really as serious as I want it to be, but hopefully I’ll change minds this year if nothing happens in the off-season.”

Which schools is Crouse most interested in?

“I’d like to check out Virginia Tech, but I’m also interested