Focus 2004

The state of Florida is loaded with linebackers for the class of 2004. One name which will sound familiar to many fans is Maurice Crum, Jr., son of former Miami Hurricanes linebacker Maurice Crum, Sr. Crum, Jr., a 6-foot-1 and 215-pound linebacker from Tampa Bay (Fla.) Tech, is ready to walk in his father's footsteps by playing big-time college football. Where does FSU fit into the mix? You might be surprised -- click here for quotes from Crum, Jr., and TBT coach Mike Bradley.

The state of Florida is loaded with linebackers for the class of 2004.

One name which will sound familiar to many fans is Maurice Crum, Jr., son of former Miami Hurricanes linebacker Maurice Crum, Sr.

Crum, Jr., a 6-foot-1 and 215-pound linebacker from Tampa Bay (Fla.) Tech, is ready to walk in his father's footsteps by playing big-time college football. Of course, the elder Crum starred for the ‘Canes in the late 1980s after a stellar prep career at Hillsborough High School in Tampa.

"He taught me everything I know," Crum, Jr., said of his father. "We work out a lot together over the summer."

Surprisingly, Crum, Jr., didn't grow up a fan of his father's ala mater but rather rooted for the cross-state rival Florida State. What does his father think of the possibility of his son playing for the Seminoles?

"He just wants me to be happy," said Crum Jr., an honorable mention all-state selection as a junior.

At the moment, Crum, Jr., wants to stay close to home and has the most interest in Florida, Florida State, Miami, and Georgia Tech.

"I like Florida State because I grew up watching them," he said. "Miami is a legacy thing, Georgia Tech has a dentistry program and Florida has a health academy."

Crum, Jr. considers himself a student of the game. What does his TBT head coach Mike Bradley think of him?

"He's the leader of the defense," Bradley said.

"His biggest strengths are what he does off the field. He's always ready to go and he works very hard in the classroom. On field he's great at coverage sometimes we match him one on one with wide receivers. Maurice is so determined to get the job done."

Crum, Jr., who has already been verbally offered by Georgia Tech, is on tract to fully qualify with a core grade point average of 3.2. This spring, he will attend the Miami Nike camp. Last year as a junior, he recorded 100 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss and three interceptions.


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