In-State Playmaking Safety Prospect Says Duke Visit Stood Out

Three star safety prospect Germane Crowell represents two things the Blue Devils have championed in their recruiting efforts under head coach David Cutcliffe. (1) He’s fast and (2) He’s one of the top prospects in the state of North Carolina. Recently Crowell visits Duke unofficially and then recapped the trip with TDD.

To say that Winston Salem (N.C.) Carver High standout Germane Crowell’s recruitment has picked up steam in recent weeks is somewhat of an understatement.   The 6-foot-3, 180 pound prospect has added high major offers and interest during that time, and more appear on the horizon.

“I have offers from NC State, Duke, Kentucky, Maryland, Southern Mississippi, Florida, UNC-Charlotte, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Syracuse.   Right now I don’t have anyone as a ‘top interest’ though.”

“Going forward I'm going to visit every school that has offered me and, hopefully will.  I don't plan on attending any camps this year.  I’m going to just concentrate on training and getting through the recruiting process”

Being unwilling to commit to a top list of schools at this point in his recruitment isn’t surprising, but for their part the Blue Devils are making a huge effort.

“I’ve been recruited by Duke since last August.  My visit there (last weekend) was tremendous.  I really loved the coaches and the facilities, and just everything.  I loved it.  I was hosted by Mark Gilbert, and one thing I noticed is that he and I are very similar.  I’d say the thing that really stuck out [about the visit] was the conversation amongst the coaches and what seemed to be their priorities.”

As a junior at Carver, Crowell played quarterback, cornerback, and safety.  While under center he accounted for 21 touchdowns through the air against seven interceptions.  He threw for more than 1,500 yards and added another nine scores on the ground.  Defensively, he recorded 34 tackles and two interceptions.

When he arrives at the college level, however, he’s likely to end up as a defensive back, which is where Duke is recruiting him.

“Defensive back is where some want me to play, and others want me as a wide out or a quarterback, but most everywhere has been DB.”

And, that’s OK it appears. 

“I want to play defensive back in college, I love playing back there.”

With a 6-foot-3 frame and good speed, Crowell will likely end up at safety, and he believes he has the physical tools to be successful there.

“My strengths are my size, speed, athleticism, instinct and versatility.  I feel I’m a great cover corner, and I love to hit.  I have good footwork as well.   My weaknesses include a need to be more vocal as a leader on the field, but I do think I lead by actions.”

And off the field?

“I’m a humble but confident person that thanks God for my success on and off the field, and I am trusting him throughout the whole process, and I want to give Him all the honor and glory for any talent I may have.”

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