"I want to play corner in college," said Cromartie. "I just discovered this season that I like defense more. I feel more comfortable on defense. I want to play corner or free safety. That has shocked a lot of people, even the coaches. But they have said I could play defense or even both ways."
Cromartie, 6-3 and 195 pounds, runs in the 4.4 range. Lincoln will face Melbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay this weekend in the state semi-finals. It will be the 4th straight season they have matched up with Lincoln holding a 2-1 advantage. (Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson plays Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte High School in the other semi-final game.)
All along, most people have considered FSU and Florida as the teams to beat. Cromartie grew up a Seminole fan but Florida closed the gap over the past 7 months.
"Florida State is the hometown team for me and it was always my dream to go there. They have had a few tough seasons but I know they will bounce back. To be honest with you, Florida has just recruited me the hardest and shown the most love. Much of it has been Coach Zook. Plus, I have cousins (Robert Cromartie and Gavin Dickey) that are on the team. At Florida, I know I can get early playing time."
Miami, Alabama and Michigan have also made an impact on Cromartie as well.
"Coach Coker has done such an amazing job at Miami. They are undefeated and defending national champions. Greg Threat is a good friend of mine there and he just loves being at Miami. I have been down there and I like it. At Michigan, Coach Carr has really done a great job of recruiting me. So has coach Austin. Plus, I have family in Michigan. When I was a younger player, Antonio Carter was like a big brother to me and I have a great respect for him and Alabama."
For now, Cromartie knows only one thing, that he wants to play defense. Where he plays is another question and he has the next two months to figure it out.