Just a month ago Fruit Cove (FL) Bartram Trail wide receiver Jared Crump had just five scholarship offers. Now the talented wide receiver has 11 scholarship offers and more could be on the way.
That's indicative of the steady rise in interest that Crump has seen first hand over the past few weeks. While at one point most of his interest was coming from mid-major programs, more recently he has picked up offers from the NC State, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Duke.
Crump, a 6-3, 190-pound receiver, still plans on attending some camps and combines over the summer, so don't be surprised if his offer list continues to grow. That could make an already tough decision even more difficult.
Most of the schools that have offered recently saw Crump at some of his spring practices and also liked his film. Everyone is recruiting him as a wide receiver. All the interest is flattering, which is not to say that Crump didn't expect to be a big-time prospect.
NC State is one of many schools vying for his services but it's clear the Pack has his attention.
"I know I'm going to NC State and up the east coast with my dad over the summer," Crump explained. "I've talked to coach Sands from up there. I saw him at one of our practices and we've talked a couple of times on the phone.
"NC State is a possibility for me. I've heard it's a really good school and they always put academics first and then football second. That's what coach Sands said. I've also heard good things about them from other people. I just like the way they play football."
Crump said leaving the state of Florida will not be a problem so location won't be working against the Wolfpack.
He will consider other factors much more important.
"I'll probably look at the depth chart and see what kind of playing time I can get," he noted. "I'll look at the reputation of the school and just see what kind of people are there. What's the city like? How do I like the town and the campus? What kind of feel do I get when I'm on campus?
"I'll see how the players are and what the position coaches are like, as well as whether or not I can see myself going to school there for four years even if I wasn't playing football. I need to know I can live there."
When asked whether he has any favorites Crump said the picture is still somewhat vague but he should know more by the end of summer.
As a junior, Crump tallied 34 receptions for 690 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Crump: "It's A Really Good School"
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