December 6, 2012

Crowder gives the latest

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - In every recruiting cycle there are those recruits who keep everyone updated on their recruitment via Twitter, Facebook, interviews, and other means, and then there are those who prefer to keep as quiet as possible.

Richmond Senior (Rockingham, N.C.) offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder would fit into the latter category.

Crowder led his team to an 11-2 record this season and a playoff birth, and did so without giving very many updates on his recruitment.

As it turns out, the four star prospect has narrowed his list of teams down to two.

"Right now it is kind of down to Clemson and Georgia," said Crowder. "Right now it's just slow with the communicating. After the season is over I'm trying to get some officials (visits)."

When it comes to communicating with the Tar Heel State lineman, each of his top schools are taking a different approach at this time.

"Me and Clemson, we are trying to stay in touch like once a week. They have been coming down to visit. This is their second time in a row (yesterday) coming down to visit. We kind of just try to stay in touch as much as possible and build the relationship," he said. "(With Georgia) It's not quite as much as Clemson, but it's a little contact. We talk every chance we get and I've talked to Coach (Mark) Richt a couple of times."

Based on the amount of communications and visits, Crowder feels that one school is recruiting him harder than the other at this time.

"Clemson is probably recruiting me the hardest," said Crowder. "There are more visits, they come by on more visits, and we stay in contact more."

Despite the fact that Clemson is showing Crowder the most attention at this point, he still has things he likes about both programs.

• Clemson - "They are just a great program, (with) a versatile offense. I like what they have going on down there. Its really just closer to some family down there."

• Georgia - "It's a powerhouse team and it's the SEC. I've got some family down there too. I've got a good friend down there, Taylor (Lamb). I just kind of like what they have going on down there with that program."

Lamb, who is committed to South Alabama, is the starting quarterback for the GHSA AA powerhouse Calhoun Yellow Jackets, and according to Crowder, the two have been friends for quite awhile.

"Me and Taylor, we played together at Greer High School (South Carolina) my freshman year," he said. "I've been around him forever, and I stayed with him for like nine months. We became like brothers."

With his list narrowed down to two schools, Crowder's decision may come down to official visits, but, as of right now, the Rivals250 standout only has one scheduled.

"Right now, setting officials is kind of, I don't want to say hard, but you kind of have to pick around the schedules," said Crowder. "It's gotten harder to decide which date, but I have Clemson schedule for January 11. I don't really have anything set for Georgia."

But is Crowder confident that he will set up an official visit to UGA at some point?

His answer may make Bulldog fans less confident in their team's chances.

"I'm not really sure if I'm really going to take the official there (UGA), because anything could happen," said Crowder. "Right now I'm just trying to get this recruiting process over so I could just narrow it down and commit pretty soon."

Does that mean that Clemson is the star lineman's leader?

"I mean, it doesn't mean that (Clemson is his leader). I just haven't had Georgia set an official yet," he said. "I mean, not really, but Clemson is recruiting me the hardest."

While things could change between now and the time he makes a decision, those things have better change quickly as even Crowder isn't positive when he will end his recruitment.

When asked if he has a time frame for when he would like to commit and shut it down, Crowder wasn't quite sure.

"Not really, but if I don't have it pretty soon it will probably be on signing day," he said.

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