Tennessee Center Talks Duke

Perhaps the biggest area of "need" for the Duke Football Program in the class of 2011 will be along the offensive line. To that end the Blue Devils are hard at work with a number of top linemen from across the country. One of the top players on the board is Tennessee High standout Mack Crowder.

"Right now I have several written offers," said Tennessee High standout Mack Crowder. "In addition I have two verbals from Central Florida and Marshall."

Those five offers are from, in no particular order, Duke, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, and Vanderbilt. So far the 6-foot-4, 270 pound center prospect has been able to take unofficial visits to Georgia Tech, Duke, Virginia Tech, and Vanderbilt.

"I've been trying to take as many visits as I can to find the right fit and overall feel of the different programs. It's very important for me to get more information about all of the programs so that when I make a decision or narrow a list down to a top three I know that I'll find a place that feels like home to me."

Relevant for Duke was a January visit by Crowder that allowed him to meet the coaching staff and learn more about the program's past, present, and future.

"With Duke and Vanderbilt you have great academics and very good football. When you get down there and talk with the coaches you see they work their players as hard as anyone around. They coach them hard because they want to start winning. When I was there you could tell that they were going to start winning and everyone there believes it."

Rated as a three star player and the No. 6 center prospect in the country, Crowder says he's happy with his high school career to date, but is also looking for even more success as a senior.

"I haven't ever given up a sack in high school, which is good. I think my strengths as a player are my ability to fire off the ball and staying low and then finishing my blocks. I like to get down field and if I can pancake someone, I want to be able to get up and get to the next line. I would like to get a little faster so that I can get to the linebackers, though."

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