Crowder focused on three

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - With his senior season complete – thanks to Richmond Senior's last-minute loss in the playoffs – Tyrone Crowder will now give his recruitment much more attention.

"I'll probably start taking official [visits]," Crowder said. "I don't have anything scheduled. It's kind of touch-and-go. I've got to talk to my brother about setting officials."

Clemson, Georgia, and North Carolina are the three schools that remaining standing for Crowder, a 6-foot-2, 325-pound offensive lineman. Those three schools, who are each equal according to Crowder, will receive official visit.

"[Those three] have stuck out through the recruiting process," Crowder said. "They stayed with me through everything. Some schools just kind of dropped off. [Those three] really showed a lot of interest by just staying with me this whole time."

If there were any misconceptions of UNC's interest level in Crowder, they were put to rest a few weeks ago when Larry Fedora boarded a helicopter and landed beside Raider Stadium in time to catch the second half of Crowder's first round playoff game.

"I seen it during halftime," Crowder said. "He came down and landed on the baseball field. It was crazy. It shows that he's really interested in me. It shows that I'm the one that he wants."

Of his three finalists, Crowder has unofficially visited Clemson and UNC.

Among other trips to the campus, Crowder has attended two games at UNC this season. He was on hand for the season-opener against Elon and the ACC Coastal bout with Georgia Tech a couple of weekends ago.

"The atmosphere is great," Crowder said. "I really like what they're doing up there right now on offense. They're playing real hard and I saw a lot of different plays – they're real versatile."

Chris Kapilovic, UNC's offensive line coach, is spearheading the Tar Heels' recruiting efforts of Crowder.

"We're real, real close," Crowder said. "We try and stay in contact every week. He just wants me to get down there more."

Friday night in a game that was tied six different times, Fayetteville (N.C.) Britt completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to deliver a 56-52 lead with 25 seconds remaining. As time ran out, a Hail Mary attempt fell incomplete to end the game and Richmond's season. On the night, Crowder and his offensive linemates helped Richmond grind out 439 yards on the ground.

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