Cromartie Coming Up

Here's tonight's (Thursday) pre-visit interview with All-American wide receiver/cornerback <B>Antonio Cromartie</b> from Tallahassee, Fla., Lincoln. Try not to get too excited!

Yours truly called the home of All-American wide receiver/cornerback Antonio Cromartie (Jan 10 official visit, 6-4, 200 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 10.7 100 meters, 2.5 GPA) from Tallahassee, Fla., Lincoln. Mrs. Cromartie answered. "Did you say you're a Michigan coach? Antonio's not here but let me give you his cell number. He's definitely coming up tomorrow!"

No, I'm a reporter for a Michigan Magzine and web site, Go Blue Wolverine.

"Okay. Well, he's looking forward to visiting Michigan!"

Mrs. Cromartie gave me Antonio's cell number, and I called - no answer. I did not leave a voice mail message. And so it was much to my surprise, when a half hour later he called back from his cell phone!

Thanks for calling back Antonio. Are you coming up to Michigan tomorrow?

"Yes sir I am. It's my second visit -- I visited Auburn already."

Is there really any chance of you leaving Florida to go North to school?

"There is a big chance ... (then almost under his breath ...) a huge chance."

Didn't you tell me before that you were a Michigan fan growing up?

"Yes sir. I followed them."

So what are you looking for when you come up for your visit?

"I want to see what the coaches have to say. And I want to see how the players are around each other."

What position has Michigan said you'd play?

"They've told me I could play both ways there, cornerback and receiver."

In the three weeks after Michigan Cromartie visits Florida (Jan. 17), Miami (Jan. 24) and Florida State (Jan. 31). Cromartie has a brother at Florida, and an uncle who played at Auburn, and he committed last year to Florida State (when it looked like he'd be graduating last year).

As a senior TheInsiders's #28 prospect scored 16 touchdowns on offense and made seven interceptions on defense as Lincoln finished 12-1-1, losing in the 4A semi-finals.

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