"I'm ready to give my top three right now," Crowell stated Sunday evening. "I'm listing Penn State, Ohio State and Stanford, in no order, and all three schools are even."
Crowell, 6-foot-1, 219-pounds, with an impressive Nike SPARQ score of 131.03 to his credit, discussed the relative merits of each school.
"Stanford was number four on my list recently, but they have moved up," Crowell stated. "I'm going to take an official visit to Stanford, but I do not have one scheduled yet. Obviously, academics are so important, but I have family in California, close to the school. I haven't seen them yet, and being on the West Coast is appealing to me."
"Penn State has always been a favorite of mine, and everybody in this area considers Penn State as the home school," he explained. "I was there in June and I have a good relationship with (assistant coach) Larry Johnson. I visited there last year for the Ohio State game, and just loved the atmosphere. It was amazing being there, and it made me want to get out there and play. I will take an official visit, but nothing is scheduled yet. I try to stay in contact with Coach Johnson at least every other week."
"I was at Ohio State for their spring game in April, and I was there last year for the USC game," he continued. "Ohio State was another awesome atmosphere to experience, and I loved it there. I will be coming to Ohio State on September 11th for the Miami game. That should be one of the top games in the country, and a prime-time game. I stay in contact with Coach (Luke) Fickell, and just spoke to him last week when I was in Florida."
Crowell indicated all three schools are even, with none of them having an edge, and his official visits will help him make his final decision.
"I would say all three are even, and they're all great schools," he reported. "The official visits should be able to help me sort things out, I would think, so I'm looking forward to taking them."