Standout DB to Visit UM

This standout defender is having an outstanding season and he talks about the recruiting process, which is starting to heat up. Find out what he likes about the Hurricanes and more.

At 6-foot-4 and 202 pounds, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln standout Antonio Cromartie has been a big play guy for the Trojans all season.

In helping his team to a 9-0-1 record heading into the state playoffs this week, Cromartie has hauled in 20 catches for 515 yards and six touchdowns. On defense, he has 26 tackles, four interceptions, and one touchdown. He's also returned a pair of kickoffs (94 and 65) for touchdowns.

Cromartie, who will be taking the test for the first time next month, said recruiting has also been going well.

"It's going real well," he said. "I really haven't narrowed my list down a whole lot yet though but I have started setting up some trips."

The talented defender has four lined up and he's close to setting up a fifth.

"I have Oklahoma for December 20, Michigan for January 10, Florida for January 17, and Alabama for January 24," he said. "I probably won't use a visit to Florida State since I've been there so many times unofficially. My last one will probably be to Miami on the 31st. I've set up all my trips late because I believe we'll make it back to the state title game this year."

Cromartie, who claims scholarship offers from all of his favorites, said he's also considering LSU and Auburn as well.

"I like all three Florida schools to be honest," he said. "They all have great things going for them."

The standout defensive back talked about what he likes most about each of them.

Florida State - "Other than being close where my family can watch me play, it's been a childhood dream to play for FSU. I've grown up on them. Coach Jeff Bowden has been recruiting me."

Florida - "Coach Zook calls me every week. They're having sort of a downfall this season but they're coming back up and I think they have a good opportunity there."

Miami - "U M - NATIONAL CHAMPS," he said in a slow, projecting tone. "What else can you say. It's Miami. It's a great place. Coach Coker has done a real good job there and plus my auntie stays in Miami. They'll probably be my last trip so I can't wait to see what they're about."

Cromartie said he talks weekly with UM coach Curtis Johnson.

"I spoke to him last week," he said. "We pretty much just talk about whatever. He's a cool guy, talking about me playing offense, but I'm going to be a defensive back in college."

Cromartie talked more about his feelings on that.

"Basically I've decided that I am going to be a defensive back in college," he said. "All of the schools recruiting me like me on defense. I think I'm pretty fast for being 6-4 so I can match up with the receivers and I have a lot of range to play safety. I want to play corner, though. Give me a wide receiver to cover and he's mine."

Cromartie was asked about the possibility of leaving Tallahassee.

"I like them a lot because I grew up here," he said. "But that doesn't mean nothing. There are a lot of great schools out there that want me and I'm going to check them out. Look at Miami for example. They're the champions, how can I not look at them?"

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