Glenville's Crutcher With Illini Interest

Glenville Academic Campus is a high school loaded with college football talent. Illinois coaches have recruited the school before successfully. They hope to have similar success by landing talented defensive tackle Antwan Crutcher.

Antwan Crutcher, a 6'-2", 275 pound defensive tackle, is still early in his recruitment, but he already holds fours offers.

"I have offers from Illinois, Villanova, Central Michigan, and Miami (OH)."

He is also receiving interest from a handful of other schools.

"Other schools are recruiting me like Michigan State, Bowling Green, and Cincinnati."

The Fighting Illini have been actively recruiting Glenville, and Crutcher was able to meet with his recruiting coach earlier this year.

"Joe Gilbert came to visit my school. I met him when he visited. We talked for a bit. He's sent me letters and kept in touch. I hope to visit Illinois for a junior day later this spring."

The thing that separates Crutcher from other football players is his intangibles.

"I play with a lot of heart. I just go out there and play. It's everybody's dream to play college ball, and Coach [Ted] Ginn has told me I have the ability to play at that level. So, I just keep working and trying my best."

Receiving his first offers has been a total justification of all the time and effort he's put into his game.

"It means a lot to me, but it also makes me feel like I have to keep my performance up and get better. I have a personal goal of doing better than I did last season.

"I want to become more of an all-around player. I want to be more complete when my senior year ends so there's no doubt that I'm a good defensive tackle." What aspects of his game does he want to improve?

"I'm quick on the ball, but I want to work on my speed in the backfield. I also want to work on my legs so I can have better explosion at the snap. Going up against guys like Aundrey [Walker] and Carl [Roberts] helps me."

The defensive tackle also competes in wrestling.

"I came in 6th in districts. I picked it up in high school. Its helped me with my hands and with my leverage. It's taught me how to use my hips and my size when I'm coming out of my stance."

Crutcher hasn't decided if he'll compete in track yet. He's spending his time in the weight room for now.

Illini Inquirer Top Stories