Crowder Plans Summer Decision

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Tennessee (Bristol, TN) offensive lineman Mack Crowder picked up three more scholarship offers in June, bringing the total number to 14. Despite the new offers to consider, the 6-4, 275-pound rising senior remains intent on committing before the start of his senior year.

“I don’t think getting more offers changes anything,” Crowder said. “I’m still planning on making my decision before my senior year starts. I don’t really have a specific date. I guess it’ll be before school starts because it will take a big pressure load off of me.”

The University of Tennessee offered Crowder at its camp in June. Kansas and South Carolina followed suit. Boston College, Central Florida, Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Maryland, Middle Tennessee State, N.C. State, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech have offered as well.

Asked what the offer from in-state power Tennessee means, Crowder said, “It doesn’t really mean a whole lot that they are the in-state school. I’m just going to treat them like every other school.”

So far, Crowder has visited Auburn (no offer), Duke, Florida (no offer), Georgia Tech, Mississippi State (no offer), Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Beginning next month, the standout interior lineman will head back out on the road for more recruiting visits, though no dates have been set at this time.

“Me, my mom and my dad will be making a few trips to schools that have given me offers,” Crowder said. “I want to get to know them better.

“Right now, I haven’t really narrowed the schools down at all. I haven’t been looking at them all, but I’ll be looking at all 14. I want to make sure I pick the right school for me. I’m getting relationships with all the coaches, giving each coach an opportunity.”

Crowder, who claims no favorites, has enjoyed all three ACC schools he has visited. Of Virginia Tech, he says, “I think Virginia Tech has something special a lot of schools don’t have.”

Crowder has also gotten to know primary recruiter Charley Wiles.

“I have a really great relationship with him,” Wiles said. “Whenever we catch up, we just talk about everyday life. It’s not just about football. And I feel he enjoys talking to me.”

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