Tennessee OL Holds VT Offer

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6-4, 275-pound junior Mack Crowder earned all-Northeast Tennessee and all-conference honors this past season, helping Tennessee High School (Bristol, TN) to an undefeated regular season and an 11-1 overall record. College coaches have taken notice of the standout center/defensive tackle, who has earned five official FBS offers.

“College coaches really like how fired up I get whenever I’m playing,” said Crowder, a standout student athlete who carries a 3.9 GPA. “They like my attitude on the field. I don’t think I’ve ever been afraid of anything. They like that about me. They like my work ethic and how I come off the ball. Whoever gets me, they’ll get someone who is an asset to the team.”

Five schools have offered so far, but Crowder isn’t ready to name a favorite or favorites.

“I’m trying to keep the playing field even right now,” Crowder said. “I stay in touch with the offers I have, so I stay in touch with coaches from Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, MTSU and Duke. I e-mail all of them and stay in touch with them. I’m continuing talking to Marshall and Maryland and other schools like that.”

Recruiting isn’t the main focus of Crowder right now, but he stays involved in the process on a consistent basis. On a daily basis, he writes e-mails and maybe calls to college coaches. Crowder has also taken unofficial visits to a handful of schools including Auburn, Duke, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech scored Tennessee High fullback/defensive end Bradley Tallman as a recruited walk-on in the 2010 class. In part, this is how Crowder became interested in the Hokies.

“Bradley is always talking great about Virginia Tech,” Crowder said. “I knew it was a great school and a great football program. It was on my target list of schools to send my tape to. They liked my tape a lot and Bradley helped out with that a lot. I took a visit down there with Bradley to a game. They have a fantastic campus, great football facilities, a great coaching staff…there is something special there at Virginia Tech. They really liked me whenever they saw me. I kept on talking to them. I took another visit just by myself. I sat down and talked to the academic advisor. I’m qualified to get in there. Then, they showed us the cafeteria. Me and my dad ate there. I just