RECRUITING: Godby's Crowell Has Three Offers

The future is bright for Tallahassee Godby's Kareem Crowell. The only question is which side of the ball this 6-4, 285-pounder is going to play at the next level. He's a standout at both offensive and defensive tackle and one of the key reasons Coach Shelton Crowell's Cougars are a preseason favorite to be one of the best teams in the state.

Kareem Crowell is a sports junkie who loves watching the other teams from Godby play, but he's a football-only guy who's hoping to play defensive tackle at the college level.

"I go to track meets or whatever," he said. "I like going to sporting events."

Coach Crews knows the 6-4, 285 pound two-way player has a bright future, but he disagrees with Crowell on one point.

"Kareem's best football is ahead of him," Coach Crews said. "I think he will play offensive line at the next level. He has only played one year on the offensive line. We expect him to be a lot better this year."

Crowell helped his tam make the playoffs last year with 59 tackles and five sacks from his defensive tackle position. Godby didn't go as far as they wanted, but the team and Crowell think they will have a better time of it this year.

"We were young, we called ourselves the 'dirty thirty' …we only had 30 people," he said. "We were 8-4 then. I think we should have a pretty good team this year and should go far."

Crowell is a very coachable player who simply does whatever his coach asks.

"I just like to play ball, that's it," he said. "I just do what the coach tells me to do and run to the ball. I think I am faster than most offensive players I'm going up against."

Crowell has offers from Maryland, Louisville, and Illinois with letters of interest from other schools arriving on an almost daily basis. Because of his size and mobility, he's expected to have plenty of choices from most of the big time programs before national signing day, 2006.

Unlike most Tallahassee kids, he's not enamored with Florida State.

"I like LSU and North Carolina already," he said. "Miami, they were my boys. They were always a dominant team and beat Florida State."

He's formulating his list of questions for schools that come calling. He wants a good education but he also wants to play early if at all possible.

"When I come in, am I going to red-shirt or play?" he said. "I want to know who is in front of me. Location is important and it has to be somewhere I can get a good education."

Crowell has the kind of size and speed that make him a coveted recruit. There is no question that he will play at the next level. The only questions are what school and will he play offense or defense?


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