Hometown: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
High School: Chapel Hill High School
Position: Left Tackle/Nose Guard
Notes: In recent years, North Carolina has been stocked full of offensive linemen and that will continue next year as Chapel Hill (NC) star Robert Crisp just might be the state's top overall prospect in the 2010 class.
Growing up a standout on the hardwood, Crisp's play in basketball earned him an invitation to attend Dave Telep's 2007 Carolina Challenge, where he turned some heads. After a solid season with the CP3 All-Stars and as a sophomore at Chapel Hill, Crisp was invited to play in this year's event, but was unable to attend and his basketball career on the competitive level could be coming to an end as he turns his attention full-time to the gridiron.
"I was suppose to play in that event again this year," said Crisp. "He called me about playing but I was actually out of town and couldn't make it.
"I'm not real sure if I'll even play basketball next year because I'm trying to really work on football. I've played AAU with the CP3 All-Stars, but this summer I'm going to try and go to a lot of football camps and stuff so I'm not too sure if I'll still do that. With the combines, I went to the Underclassmen combine not too long ago, and I'm going to the NIKE Camp at [North] Carolina on Friday. I'm going to go to the Under Armour combine next month too."
At a massive 6-foot-8 and 290 pounds, Crisp was recently timed at 5.0 in the 40-yard dash at the National Underclassmen Combine held in Durham, North Carolina. An outstanding athlete for a player his size, Crisp can also play the game. As a sophomore, he started at left tackle and nose guard for Chapel Hill, earning first-team all-conference honors at both positions in 2007.
"I had a good year because I kept getting better as the season went on," said Crisp. "I played a lot of defense too, but I'm going to be a left tackle in college. That's where the schools are going to play me.
"There is always room for improvement, but I think my biggest strength is my footwork."
Programs are already taking notice. Although official offers to a football player can't be mailed out until September 1st of his junior year, Crisp has already received verbal offers from East Carolina, NC State, and Maryland.
The talented lineman was reportedly named offensive line MVP at the recent NIKE Camp, and he is registered to attend next weekend's Under Armour Combine in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Scouting Report: "When watching film of Rob Crisp there are two facts that easily go unnoticed. One is that Crisp is just a sophomore. The other is the fact that he is 6-8, 290 pounds. You simply don't see players that young and physically developed playing at the level that Crisp displays.
"Crisp shows unusually quick and nimble feet given his weight and height. He changes direction well and is able to maintain his balance and position- particularly in pass protection. Crisp is much more advanced in this aspect of his game than one would expect. He makes good use of his hands and is quick off the ball and because he stays active, is able to stay between the defender and the quarterback.
"In run blocking, Crisp is able to dominate because of tremendous size and natural strength. He explodes off the ball well but occasionally stands up which is common at this level. It's scary to think how good Crisp can be three or four years down the road.
"Equally impressive is Crisp's play at defensive tackle. He actually seems to thrive when in the position of just exploding out of his stance to attack the ball-carrier. Crisp also shows how well he can get out and move in space. While most will classify him as one of 2010's top offensive linemen, it is not out of the realm of possibility that he will get some looks at defensive tackle as well." - Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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