Crow Intrigued With Opportunity on Offense

Azle, TX 2015 prospect Johnny Crow has received interest as a linebacker but it's recent interest from TCU as an H-back that has him intrigued.

Azle, TX linebacker Johnny Crow is used to playing linebacker; and being very good at it. Entering his third-year as a starter for the Hornets, Crow is considered one of the better linebacker prospects in North Texas.

As a junior, Crow was named Team MVP, All-District, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram All-Area Team and All-State Class 4A in 2013 after racking up 115 tackles.

Interest has started to pick up for the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder recently as Lamar, SMU, Rice and TCU all stopped by Azle this week to catch a glimpse of Crow.

While most teams like his ability as a linebacker or even as a defensive end at the collegiate level, TCU caught the 2015 prospect by surprise when they told Azle head coach Devon Dorris where they see Crow fitting in best.

"Rice came in first and they started talking about me playing a defensive end, cover type," he said. "Then Coach (Doug) Meacham walked in and they said that they wanted me to play an H-back, blocking back. They said they had no one else on scholarship for that."

As a defender, Crow fully admits his love and desire to hit people. When he thinks about the differences of playing offense, especially as a blocking back, he finds none; he still gets to do what he loves best.

"I love to hit people and that spot I'd be playing at I'd still be able to hit people," Crow said. "I would be perfectly fine with playing offense. TCU is the first one to ever say anything about offense. They invited me to the June 7th camp and said they would love to have me play running back that camp."

Azle starts spring camp next week and although he and Dorris haven't discussed it just yet, Crow hopes to see a little action on the offensive side of the ball.

"We haven't really talked about it much but I'm sure he'll give me the opportunity to play it a little in spring practice," he said. "But, for our team this year I'll be playing linebacker and maybe a little tight end."

While the thought of playing offense has Crow intrigued, he still has plenty of options at the position he specializes in. Both Lamar and SMU see him as an inside linebacker.

"Lamar came by, I hadn't heard anything from them and Coach Dorris told me they're very interested," he said. "They said I would play an inside linebacker, just between tackles as a run threat. SMU, I've been to their junior day and they want me as a linebacker just like Lamar would."

Another team that has showed Crow strong interest is North Texas. The Mean Green also see Crow's ability as a linebacker in their 3-4 scheme.

"They're interested; they're pretty much saying what SMU and Lamar is saying; I'd be a tackle to tackle linebacker," he said. "They run a 3-4 so I would be all-around there."

In addition to the TCU camp, Crow also plans to attend camps at SMU, North Texas and Abilene Christian at the moment.


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