This bodes well for the University of Florida, whose football program could desperately use a player of Crouch's ilk. A quick look at the Gator's projected depth chart shows an offensive line with little depth. While this is one of the reasons the Gator's are recruiting Crouch so diligently, it may also end up being the difference-maker than brings Curtis Crouch to Gainesville. Crouch is anxious to play, yet is willing to contribute in any way he can.
"I just want to help out the best I can," Crouch said. "If they want me to red-shirt or if they want me to play as a true freshman, I am willing to do whatever they want. Like Coach Meyer told me, I am a percent of a percent, and everything everyone brings we add up and go win games with."
The impression that Coach Urban Meyer left on Crouch resonated deeper than that motivational phrase, however. In fact, Coach Meyer himself was the one aspect of the visit with which Crouch was most impressed.
"He was unbelievable," Crouch said. "I mean he was ready to go. He was really prepared and I could tell he knew how to coach. He definitely knows what he is doing. He just has everything together."
Despite, the fact that he enjoyed his visit so much, Crouch isn't ready to commit to the Gators just yet. He admits that he was ready to go to Oklahoma after his visit there, and has since changed his mind since visiting Florida. He feels it is only fair to give the other schools he is scheduled to visit a chance to have the same impact on his decision making process.
Over the course of the next three weekends, Crouch will visit NC State, Clemson and Virginia Tech. While he is going into each visit with an open mind, he admits that there is no one thing any school can offer or do right now to get him to commit. In fact, when judging which school has the best chance of landing his services, Crouch says, "Everyone is still equal."
Despite that statement, it does not appear as if the positive impact Coach Meyer made on Crouch's trip to Florida will soon be forgotten.
"In a couple of weeks or so, I might just decide on something I saw and go with it."
As for whether or not that something he saw was a part of his trip to Florida, Crouch offered, "This might be it."
Michael Lombardo can be reached at Lombardo@sportsnet.com
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