Versatile Md. ATH Crook in no hurry

Bishop McNamara High has its share of talent in the Class of 2013, and most of it is BCS-bound. On the defensive line, a pair of players has already committed to automatic qualifier schools and Marlon Crook is looking to add his name to that list.

The Bishop McNamara (Md.) defense is well represented on Safety prospect Milan Collins is committed to Maryland and fellow three-star talents Kevin Robbins and Darius Commissiong are headed to Georgia Tech. Another 2013 talent is looking to join the group, and he recently hit the camp scene to do so.

Marlon Crook has a handful of offers to his name, but he is still aiming at the first BCS extension. It may eventually come from Boston College, where the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder camped over three days.

"The camp was high intensity, so I think I did good," he said. "Coach (Al) Washington, who is recruiting me, is looking at me for D-line – but I worked out as a linebacker. I also did some tight end, since I will play tight end this season.

"I did pretty well at tight end; they're going to talk to me after they do their evaluations."

While hoping the camp showing earned an offer from the Eagles, the process was a victory for Crook even if the ACC squad does not verbally offer. In the process of trying out tight end, the rising senior admits he likes it more and more as time progresses.

"I prefer linebacker, but I'm open to anything," he said. "I usually prefer anything on defense, but I'm actually starting to like tight end a little bit more. So wherever they have me play, I'm cool with."

The defensive end/linebacker/tight end is gaining interest from northeast schools, even in the FCS realm.

"UMass, Fordham, Ohio and Harvard have offered," said Crook. "They are all looking at me as a defensive end to this point. BC may offer soon, and Rhode Island and Georgetown are also interested in me. "

With new interest and the goal to snag that elusive BCS extension, the versatile Maryland talent is in no rush to make a decision.

Said Crook, "I'm just going to wait it out throughout the season. Once the season ends, I'll weigh my options and see what more offers I have and what the options are before I take my visits. I'm looking to make a decision after the season ends.

"Right now, there aren't any favorites."

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