2008 Profile: Avery Crooks

Junior linebacker Avery Crooks (6-2, 215, 4.6) works hard to be the best and last year his stats showed the spoils of his hard work.

In his sophomore year, the linebacker out of New Orleans (La.) Higgins recorded 63 tackles.


That number jumped to 83, with seven for loss, four sacks and a handful of pass deflections during his junior season. He earned all-district, his defensive MVP, all-West Bank, all-metro and honorable mention all-state or his efforts.


What does Crooks attribute his success to?


"I just work my hardest every day to get stronger and faster," said Crooks. "I lead the younger guys on the team and I just really take football seriously. I just try my best at it so I can get to where I need to be."


On the field, Crooks said he excels at almost everything he is asked to do.


"I go 100 percent and don't take any breaks," he said. "I attack and get to the ball, make hits and get the ball carrier down."


Crooks has started to get letters and has received them from LSU, Vanderbilt, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Mississippi State, Connecticut and Nebraska. He said that right now he has interest in all of those schools and is fired up about the upcoming recruiting process.


"I was waiting for a letter from Florida State because they have been a team that I just always liked," said Crooks. "I really like their football program and when I was growing up I liked to watch the rivalry between Florida State and Florida. I guess you could say I was a Seminole fan."


The big-hitting linebacker said that as he saw people go through the recruiting process he realized that he would be happy to play where he was needed.


"I kind of laid off that notion of going to my favorite school as I went through high school," said Crooks. "Now I'll go wherever I can get a chance to."


LSU running backs coach Larry Porter recruits the New Orleans area and he is already sending him a lot of information on the school.


It's early in the process but Crooks is high on LSU.


"I like LSU a whole lot," he said. "I went to their camp last summer and I plan on going back again this summer. I'd like to make it to junior day (2/24) as well. The whole football program is great.


"They take great players and get them to be their best, and not just on the field. The students have good GPA's and the degrees and careers they have are excellent. The work ethic is always 100 percent and they're just a winning school."


Note** Crooks said he has a 3.14 GPA and scored a 16 on his ACT. He is planning on retaking the ACT in April.

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