Germane Crowell 'Mesmerized' by Florida

Germane Crowell was 'mesmerized' after his trip to Florida. What made the Gators visit stand out, and what does the UVa legacy think about the new Virginia staff?

Germane Crowell made the trip down south on Saturday to take in a Florida practice and to learn more about the Gators. 

"I had a lot of fun," he said. "I took a tour of the facilities; I took a tour of the school. I talked to [Florida Head Coach] Jim McElwain and coach [Torrian] Gray and coach [Geoff] Collins." 

Crowell sat in a couple of position meetings, but his one-on-one time with the coaches really allowed the North Carolina native to get a glimpse into the program. 

"When I talked to coach McElwain, he just talked about how much of a priority I am," he said.  "Coach Gray and coach Collins were saying the same thing;  they really wanted me to be part of the Gator family. They love me as a player." 

Although this was the first time Crowell had the opportunity to talk to most of the Florida staff, this was not the first time he interacted with Gray. The UF defensive back coach also recruited the three-star Carver corner when he was at Virginia Tech. 

"I have a really good relationship with Gray, but it was good meeting coach Mac and the consistency of them saying how much they want me.," said Crowell. "You can see it in their actions and how they catered to me."

The relationship between Gray and Crowell has also changed since Gray's time with the Hokies. 

"The relationship actually picked up. When he first took the job at Florida, I was thinking that maybe it was a good situation because he was at Virginia Tech for like 15 years, so it had to be something good to pull him away from Virginia Tech to Florida.

"I clearly see why [Gray left for Florida]," added Crowell.  "I loved it. It was a great school I was mesmerized the whole time. The facilities, the coaches, the players, the  competition at practice, everybody want to get better." 

He saw that competition with the defensive backs, where coach Gray's enthusiasm and energy showed. 

"Love the energetic style. A lot of times players feed off the coach. So if the coach is energetic nine times out of ten, the players are going to be energetic."

Florida has plenty of competition for the playmaker from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  DukeMarylandNC StateNorth CarolinaVirginia, and Penn State are some of the other schools vying to land the 6-foot-3, 180 pounder. 

Before his visit to Gainesville, Crowell visited the Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Virginia. Crowell, whose father, Germane Crowell Sr, played for Virginia and is No. 6 on UVa's all-time receiving yards and No. 9 on the receptions list, knows plenty of the Wahoos, however, wanted a chance to meet the new staff. 

"I love [UVa Head] coach [Bronco] Mendenhall, [defensive coordinator/secondary] coach [Nick] Howell, [defensive line] coach Ruffin McNeill. I loved everybody up there," he said about his visit.  "It was just amazing the whole time. Already had seen the facilities, since my dad played up there. It was nothing new with the facilities, but just meeting the coaching staff, it was good meeting them.

"They are big on effort and hard work, being where you are supposed to be and doing what you are supposed to do," he added. "They really just like people that play hard, love the game of football and want to get better." 

His father was similarly impressed. 

"He is hoping for a winning season," Crowell said. "He thinks these new coaches are going to help get back the old UVA tradition back.. that is what he is hoping and praying for."

Crowell is not done with his visits, however. 

"I am going to go back up to Virginia for their practice, and I am going to Virginia Tech and then NC State. I got to schedule some more."

He claims no favorites at this time, and hopes to make a decision sometime in the summer. 

"I want to see the consistency level, their approach to the development and not just me as a football player but as a man," he said. "Ultimately I don't choose a school for four years, I'm choosing a school for the next 50 years." 


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