Linebacker, Class of 2023
Mount Juliet, Mount Juliet, TN
Each of the past five weekends, Mount Juliet (Tenn.) 2023 three-star linebacker Ethan Crisp has been on a college campus for a game. Each stop has opened his eyes to something new.
Last weekend, Crisp was in Blacksburg for the second time, as Virginia Tech hosted Notre Dame. Before that, he was at games at Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ole Miss. But for as much as Crisp took in, it wasn’t enough to make a serious push forward in his recruitment.
Crisp, Rivals.com’s No. 18 outside linebacker in the class, last visited the Hokies in June for camp. But this trip gave him a better peek at what to expect, in terms of fan support and environment.
“It was a great visit, just being able to see all the coaches again,” Crisp said. “The atmosphere was absolutely crazy, seeing the fans going crazy, ‘Enter Sandman.’ You’ve got all the fans jumping up and down and it was a crazy environment. I saw the facilities, the weight room, we ate and just talked to Coach (Jack) Tyler and Coach Ham (Justin Hamilton) before the game.”
Tyler and Hamilton have both been in steady contact with Crisp, and both coaches have made a favorable impression.
“I’ve talked with Coach Tyler the most and a little with Coach Hamilton,” Crisp said. “I’ve enjoyed every second of it, talking and getting to know them. Coach Tyler came up for my game the previous week. He was able to watch me, and just being able to talk with him weekly on the phone and build relationship, I’ve enjoyed it.”
“It was a crazy environment, a big-time game,” he said. “I don’t know if Kentucky was ranked at the time, but they were undefeated. The stadium was packed. Just being able to go there with some buddies. A lot of Tennessee guys were at that game. That was cool as well. Also, seeing the facilities again, talking with Coach (Jon) Sumrall, watching him work with the linebackers pre-game, that was cool to see how his coaching style is. He gets fired up, which is cool to see.”
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