AU Recruit: "I Just Want to Play Football"

Auburn's 11th verbal commitment for the class of 2006 talks about why he wants to be a Tiger.

Tallahassee, Fla.—Kareem Crowell says that it was pretty easy for him to find a number of reasons to go ahead and pull the trigger on Sunday night and make his commitment to sign with Auburn in February.

"I mean, Auburn, they have been number on my list for a while and this week we had a bye week, and I felt this week was a good week to go ahead and make my decision," the 6-3, 290-pound lineman explains. "Now the recruiting process will probably slow down a little bit so I can go ahead and finish up my senior season and concentrate on that.

"Auburn, they have always been my favorite," he adds. "Last year they were 13-0. This year they have only lost one game. I think they have a good football program. They are close by the house and I have got a chance to come in and play."

Crowell also notes that having a good relationship with his recruiting coach also played a role in his decision. "Coach (Tigers' tight ends coach Steve) Ensminger, I can't pronounce his name," he says with a laugh when talking about the coach who is recruiting him for Auburn.

"When he came down last spring, he told me off the top that they wanted me to come. He has been calling me every week. The first call I got was from him, and we have just been talking. He came down to the school on Friday and we talked about everything. He is doing a good job of recruiting."

Kareem Crowell is an athletic lineman who has the potential to play on either offense or defense in college.

The two-way standout for Godby High says that he and his team have gotten of to a good start in 2005. "Our football team is 3-1 and we are 1-0 in the district," he notes. "On offense I have been grading out in the 80s. On defense I have three sacks and 26 tackles.

"I start both ways, but on defense I rotate every other series with one of our other defensive tackles so my time has been cut on defense, but I am still going to do my best to have some good stats," he adds.

With loads of potential on both sides of the football, Crowell explains that the decision about where he will eventually play on the college level is still up in the air. "The coaches have asked me whether I would like to play the O-line or the D-line," he says. "I am not sure right now, so I will just leave the decision up to them, whatever they want me to play. I just want to play football."

He adds that he believes his game is just as solid on one side of the ball as it is on the other. "I am equal on both sides," he notes. "I know I have to work on things at both positions, so I really don't know if one is better.

"On defense, most defensive tackles they just try and plug up the middle, but I think I pursue to the ball well, and that is a good thing," he continues about his strengths as a player. "On offense I feel like I have good technique. Our offensive line coach says I can probably end up at guard on the next level. I have good technique one-on-one and I know I can beat most people."

Still, despite being pretty happy with his play to this point, Crowell says he knows he has some areas of his game he wants to improve on. "I think on defense I have to start using my hands more, and on offense I have to keep driving after I make contact on my run blocking," he notes.

One interesting note about Crowell's commitment is that he made his decision without having the chance to get up to Auburn and check things out for himself, but he explains that won't be the case for long.

"I was supposed to go up a couple of weeks ago, but that is when the hurricane came," he notes. "But, me and two of my other teammates are supposed to be coming up for the South Carolina game this weekend.

"I just want to see the town and the school," he says about his plans for the trip. "Coach says it is a football town and I like that. I just want to see the campus and meet the coaches and the players, everything."

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