Crowder Updates Recruiting

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The Evaluation Period has been good to 6-4, 275-pound offensive lineman Mack Crowder , who picked up offers from Central Florida, Marshall and Maryland over the course of the past few weeks. Crowder, a standout 2011 prospect out of Tennessee High School (Bristol, TN), creeps closer and closer to double-digit scholarship offers.

“Maryland came to my school last week and said they were going ahead and offering me. The coach said all they needed to do was see me. They just wanted to lay eyes on me first,” said Crowder, who has also been offered by Duke, Georgia Tech, Middle Tennessee State, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.

Tennessee High is wrapping up its spring football. A first-team all-conference selection at center last season as a junior, Crowder, who also starts at defensive tackle, is pleased with his improvement this offseason.

“My technique has gotten a lot better,” said Crowder, who helped THS to an 11-1 overall record in 2009. “I feel like I’m a better player. Everything has been really great.”

Crowder has been busy off the field as well in recent weeks.

“I’ve gotten at least one call from every school that has offered me and probably a half dozen or more schools have visited just to check in on me,” he said. “Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Duke, Maryland, Carson-Newman and a few others have come to the school.”

Virginia Tech was represented last week by primary recruiter Charley Wiles. Crowder has also spoken with Wiles over the phone.

“We’ve been talking back and forth. He is just talking to me and asking when I probably would commit,” Crowder said. “He asked what I was looking for in a school. I told him Virginia Tech fits every category and I think he was happy about that.”

Crowder has visited Virginia Tech and has also visited Auburn, Duke, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and Tennessee. At this point, though, he claims no leader.

“I don’t really have any favorite right now,” Crowder said. “I’m going to try to get down to all of the schools that have offered me and visit with all the coaches. I really want to get to know each place.”

No visits have been set.

“I’m definitely going to be taking visits,” said Crowder, who hopes to commit before the start of his senior season. “I don’t know what days or time frame just