For those of you who have not yet been properly introduced to Rudell Crim, allow me to make the introduction. Since Bill Snyder and staff have taken back the reins of the program, recruiting has become paramount as the countdown to signing day is literally only a little over a month away. To that regard, Coach Snyder has dispatched his recruiting aces in search of football talent, a search that took them to Butler CC and Rudell Crim.
Crim, who has starred for the Grizzlies this past season, says is recruiting is heating up and he is just looking for the right place to call home. "Right now, my recruiting is an open door. I don't have any favorites." Gaining interest from Oregon, Arkansas and South Florida, as well as Kansas State, Rudell commented that there is no clear leader for his services just yet. Stating that "I have to find the right fit. I'm a 2 years to play 2 guy, so it's important to be at the right place and be on the field early".
Later in the conversation, the talented defensive back spoke about his visits and what it would take to land his signature. Crim, who took an official visit to Oregon last weekend, had high marks for the Ducks stating "It was a great visit. The staff and team were very welcoming," the Butler star told KStateFans. Oregon is currently preparing for their upcoming Holiday Bowl appearance against the Cowboys of Oklahoma State. While there, Crim was able to take in some of the Ducks practice and get a feel for the style of play that Oregon runs. "Yeah, it was good to watch their Bowl practice. I got to see their defense up close and see how I might fit into that." The current schedule for official visits includes a January 9th stop at Arkansas (although this might be rescheduled) and a visit to South Florida on the 16th of January.
In speaking of the new coaching additions to the Kansas State Staff, Crim was impressed and clearly has the Cats on his radar noting: "I could see myself in Manhattan." We talked about the additions of Coach Koenning and Coach Cosh and the style of defense that will be implemented in Manhattan- something that seemingly cast a favorable light on K-State. The Cats will implement an attacking style of defense, with either Cover 2 or Cover 3 -both of which would suit Crim's talents to perfection. A little love from the staff in Manhattan and an invitation to visit with Coach Koenning to detail how Crim could take on some of those oh-so-hard to cover physical Big XII Wide Receivers would probably have him very intrigued, to say the least.
Coming out of High School, Rudell commented that "I only ever played Safety in High School. When I got up to Butler I did more Nickel stuff in my Freshman year. More blitzing. This past season though, it's been all Cover 2 and Cover 3." He mentioned that the Butler staff did a great job helping him with the transition to the speed of JUCO football from High School, and expects it will be another adjustment up to the D1 level. "The Coaches at Butler did a real good job with us. It takes some time, but soon you're used to the speed and you just go out and play."
With good size at 6'0" and 190, Crim sets up well for the next level. Playing on Sundays should definitely be in his future. "It's my dream. Playing in the NFL would be a dream. I just have to be in the right program and work hard to get there." When asked where he feels most comfortable in the Secondary, his response was pure bravado: "I can do it all. Safety, Nickel, blitzing...I can do it all." That's Rudell Crim...coming at you FULL THROTTLE.