Crowell Sets the Bar High

2011 prospect Conner Crowell has set the bar high and is doing everything he can to reach it.

Conner Crowell added one more thing to his stacked football resume Saturday during Nike's “Baltimore Combine” at Annapolis High School. The North Point High School (Waldorf, Md.) standout linebacker scored a 115.35 Sparq rating, lifting himself into the nation's top 20 Nike Combine performers.

But, the junior wasn't satisfied with his scores, which included a 4.7-second 40-yard dash, a 4.28-second agility shuttle, a 34.3-inch vertical jump and a 44.5-feet kneeling power ball toss, in which athletes hold medicine balls above their heads before launching them. “I didn't do as well as I did last year, but I guess it's alright,” Crowell said. “I guess I just had a bad day.”

What else? The three-star recruit has offers from Maryland, Duke, Connecticut, Ohio State, West Virginia and North Carolina. While he's being recruited as a linebacker, recruiters from Maryland and Duke apparently told him that he might play running back if need be.

He's also very interested in Maryland. I like “the fact that it's really close to home, and they're really trying to turn their program around,” Crowell said. During his junior day visit to College Park, Crowell had lunchtime conversations with some players and learned an important factor to consider when weighing his college options.

The players “really showed me how important it was to be close to home,” Crowell said. “Some of the players [missed home], and if they went down to Ohio State or somewhere out far, they'd be really homesick. I think I'd really miss my family if I left Maryland.”

The authenticity of the Terrapins' football practice on junior day, March 27, impressed Crowell. “They were doing up-downs, so you know it wasn't fake,” Crowell said. “It was a real practice. They weren't trying to cover it up.”

Crowell will watch the Terps closely next season. He thinks the team can bounce back from a tough year because of the strong leadership that rising seniors will provide.

Which players are going to fill the empty roster spots left by next school-year's graduates? Maryland fans are hoping that one of them will soon belong to Crowell.

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