Conner Crowell is one of the bright stars of the 2011 class, and the linebacker is already getting notice from schools around the country. Crowell now is holding six offers, first from Maryland and West Virginia, and now from North Carolina, Duke, Connecticut, and Ohio State.
Crowell was the star of North Point High School's defense, posting 100 tackles, four sacks, four interceptions, a punt block, two fumble recoveries, and 10 total touchdowns (eight offensive). The Eagles finished the regular season 10-0, and lost in the playoffs to eventual state champions Old Mill.
The academics of Duke immediately attracted Crowell to the school.
"Well I know Duke is a great school academically," he said. "And it's a hard school to get into if you don't have a sports scholarship. They're on the rise in football, turning into a great program."
The two schools that originally offered Crowell, West Virginia and Maryland, both employ a 3-3-5 blitzing scheme on defense. The four schools that Crowell has heard from recently all use more conventional 4-3 defenses, but the linebacker says that he does not have a preference for either style of play.
"Not really," he said. "If I'm going to play early that's really all I care for. I think I'll be able to adapt to any system."
The linebacker is impressed by the coaching job of Randy Edsall to keep the Connecticut football program together after the tragic death of cornerback Jasper Howard.
"UConn is an up and coming school," he said. "They had a great season this year and they went through a hard time when they lost one of their players but Coach Edsall really kept them strong and working hard and they turned out to have a great season."
Crowell likes Ohio State's national reputation and storied history.
"Ohio State is a national power," he said. "And it's a great feeling to have an offer from them because they're one of the best in the nation and the name pretty much speaks for itself."
As for the Terrapins, they're still going after Crowell hard, and are in the mix for him. He said he likes the fact that Maryland is close to home, and appreciates the work that the Terps' coaching staff has been putting in to turn the program around.
Crowell was named a consensus member of the AP All-State team and was named to the Washington Post All-Met team.
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