Pack One of Many Battling for Crowder

NC State is a major player for one of the nation's top rated offensive linemen. Pack Pride has the latest on Richmond County (NC) offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder.

When you watch Rockingham (NC) Richmond County's Tyrone Crowder work out, it's easy to see why he's emerged as one of the most sought after offensive linemen on the east coast.

Measured this past weekend at 6-2 ½, 330 pounds, Crowder generates tremendous power and leverage in his lower body which allows him to dominate defenders. He moves extremely well laterally which gives him the skill set to excel as an interior lineman at the next level. On Saturday Crowder was timed at 5.39-seconds in the 40-yard dash and recorded a 5.13-second pro shuttle. He also logged a 27.6-inch vertical jump and 27 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press.

Pack Pride caught up with Crowder to find out how things were going on the recruiting side.

"Recruiting's going good right now," said Crowder. "I'm standing at 16 offers. The latest was Nebraska last Thursday. The interest has caught me by surprise a little bit but my coach told me it was coming."

With better than a dozen offers in hand, Crowder has his choice of virtually any college from around the southeast region. He's had a chance to visit a few schools already and says that distance won't likely play a factor in his decision.

"I've been to Florida, NC State's spring practice. I've been to Wake Forest recently.

"I don't think distance will be a factor but I want a great program, great coaches and I haven't really decided on a major so that may impact my decision."

For their part, NC State offered a little later than some of the other programs but have wasted no time establishing themselves as a contender for his commitment. Crowder camped at State last summer and was back in Raleigh just a couple of weeks ago. Beyond that, the Pack has offered a couple of Crowder's teammates in RB Dakwa Nichols and DE Devontae Covington. Crowder talked about his interest in the Wolfpack.

"They have a great program," he said. "All the coaches are great and they seem like they know what they're talking about. Coach Bridge is recruiting me and he's a great coach. I got to go into the offensive line meeting room and you can tell he knows what he's talking about. He says he just wants me to come down there and take it all in."

While he doesn't claim any favorites just yet, Crowder said he plans to come up with a top five sometime after spring practice.

He is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 3 offensive guard in the nation by Crowder currently holds offers from NC State, Miami, Nebraska, UNC, Florida, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee among others.

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