In-State Lineman Becoming A Hot Prospect

One of the up and coming prospects in Alabama this year talks about his recent attention from colleges all over the country and how that has changed the way he's viewing the summer before his senior season.

Hoover, Ala.—For Patrick Crump the last two months have been a whirlwind of activity as he has gone from solid prospect to hot commodity seemingly overnight.

While Hoover High's roster is filled with players who were already well known by college coaches coming into the spring evaluation period, Crump did as much to help himself as any player in the state and now finds himself in an unusual situation heading into the summer before his senior season.

"It has exploded," Crump tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm in a place right now, I have no idea. I'm just trying to work hard and see what ends up at the end of the day and how it all works out.

"I have around seven offers," Crump says. "Purdue was one of the most recent. It's hard to believe because I never in my eyes saw me getting offers from those big-time schools. I wasn't expecting that. It hit me hard, but it's fun."

Crump is a physical player who gets plenty of practice in an up-tempo offense.

With offers from Tennessee, Michigan, Kentucky, Louisville and an offer to grayshirt by Alabama, Crump has been busy keeping up with text messages, trying to look at schools and also working to improve. The last has been the focus for him recently and he says that the attention kind of makes you want it even more when you're in a situation like he was in before the spring.

"It changed things for me," Crump says. "Getting all these offers makes you go back in the weight room and get more reps than you're supposed to and run a little extra after practice to get in better shape and condition. It puts a big thing in your head you've got to think about."

Crump is shown after running a 40-yard dash at an Auburn football camp.

Recently Crump was on hand in Auburn for a two-day senior camp featuring some of the South's top prospects. Measuring in at 6-2 1/2, 284 and running 40-yard dash times of 5.02 and 5.09 seconds, Crump showed that he has the athletic ability to play on the next level. While he plays tackle in high school he would likely be a guard in college. He got a chance to work on both at the Auburn camp and said it was a good experience for him.

"It's good because in the one-on-ones you get the competitive edge against one guy," Crump says. "You're going full speed and he's going full speed. At the end you know who won and who lost. You see what happened at the end. It's a good drill to see what you're made of."

Crump and his Hoover teammates will begin work towards their defense of yet another state championship in early August. When practice begins Crump will have the good fortune of practicing his craft alongside Alabama's top offensive lineman Ryan Pugh. They'll work against two of the state's top defensive linemen in tackles Kerry Murphy and Josh Champman. Crump says that having the chance to line up every day against players like that should do nothing but make him better. For college coaches that is music to the ears.

"It helps a great deal," he notes. "When you go up against those big guys every day it makes it a lot easier on Friday nights. Those are the top two in the state. If we can block them we can block anybody we go up against."

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