It is unlikely that you will find DE Allen Crowder's name on any of the preseason in-state watch-lists. The talented defensive end from Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane, NC has operated almost exclusively under the radar of most recruiting analysts but he has managed to land a couple of early, impressive scholarship offers.
At 6-3, 255 pounds, Crowder is extremely quick coming off the edge and he's a relentless defender. He also boasts surprising athleticism given his size. Those attributes helped him to earn two early offers after making some impressive camp appearances.
"I went to camp at South Carolina over the summer and they offered after seeing me," said Crowder. "I also camped at East Carolina and they offered me, too. It felt good getting those offers. They had heard about me at the Shrine Bowl combines so I decided to go to their camps to show them what I could do and they offered at camp. Since then, Buffalo has called and offered. I'm not sure how they heard about me but they offered me too."
All of the schools recruiting Crowder like him as a defensive end. NC State had been in the mix but at this time, it doesn't appear that the Wolfpack will be a major player.
"I've been getting some letters from State and they were showing some interest but they haven't called or anything," said Crowder. "I think it's because of my grades. I need two foreign language credits and I don't have any so most likely, I'll be going out of state."
As it stands now, Crowder has two programs atop his list of favorites.
"I would say South Carolina is my top school but Tennessee has been calling and wants me to come for a visit. If they were to offer then I would make my decision between those two schools."
So far this season Crowder is averaging seven tackles per game and has notched seven sacks and four pass-breakups.