Crisp: 'The Excitement Is There'

Although his recruitment really won't pick up until later this year when colleges can officially extend scholarship offers, Chapel Hill (NC) High standout Robert Crisp is already experienced in the recruiting game.

Although his recruitment really won't pick up until later this year when colleges can officially extend scholarship offers, Chapel Hill (NC) High standout Robert Crisp is already experienced in the recruiting game.

Regarded by most as the state's top prospect in the 2010 class, Crisp has unoffically received several scholarship offers and attended a variety of camps. In the long run, he believes it will help improve his play on the gridiron.

"Most of the ACC schools, basically all of them, have said they are going to offer me when they can," said Crisp. "I've mainly just heard from the ACC schools so far... I haven't heard much from the SEC or Big 10.

"Getting out and going to camps and combines has helped me a lot. I think colleges know more about me, and I've improved on both sides of the ball. Since I'm going both ways more this year, it's going to be big for me."

At a massive 6-foot-8 and 290 pounds, Crisp has been timed at 5.0 in the 40-yard dash at the National Underclassmen Combine held in Durham, North Carolina. He was the top performer, regardless of class, at the 2008 Adidas Elite Camp and was also named offensive line MVP at the Chapel Hill Nike Camp.

An outstanding athlete for a player his size, Crisp can also play. 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'm ready for the season," he said. "We started practicing a couple of weeks ago, and it's going good so far. We've got some good players... I think we're going to have a good year."

In between camps, combines, and practices, he's had a chance to visit some colleges. Because NC State and North Carolina are so close to his home, he's tripped to both schools and is familiar with the programs. North Carolina is the hometown school for Crisp, and although he's yet to attend any practices, he has met with the coaches.

He was the top performer,
regardless of class,
at the 2008 Adidas Elite Camp.

"Carolina said like all the others that they are going to offer me when they can on September 1st," said Crisp. "I've went up there a couple of times to talk with the coaches and hang out with some players. They know that I'm used to being away from home, but they see that I'm a kid from Chapel Hill... they are definitely recruiting me."

One program that Crisp is extremely high on is NC State. His family has season tickets to Wolfpack games and Crisp knows a lot about the Wolfpack.

"I actually grew up watching NC State football," said Crisp. "I grew up a fan of them in football. I've been to a lot of their games over the years... I know a lot about them. But, I grew up a big Duke basketball fan... that was my favorite school. Duke... it was Duke basketball."

He recently attended a couple of the Wolfpack's fall practices, including Sunday's scrimmage.

"I went up there last week and watched them practice, and I was back up there [yesterday] to watch their scrimmage," Crisp stated. "I always have a good time there. I had a good time chilling with coach Horton and coach O'Brien. They had a lot of recruits up there, but I didn't get to spend much time with them because I was hanging out with the players who were sitting out the scrimmage. I've been able to get to know a lot of their players up there.

"I thought the scrimmage was good. I think right now they look like they are going to be a strong defensive team based on what I saw. It's coming together for them. They are a close team... the excitement is there."

Crisp is in no hurry to make a decision. He's focused on his junior year, and isn't even ready to name a leader.

"I just want to start off my season," he said. "I'm still open. I'm young so I have a whole lot of time. I'm still open to all of the schools right now. I don't want to say I have a favorite.

"I've visited State, Carolina, and I went to Clemson this summer with my team for camp. I was supposed to visit Georgia over the summer because I had a family reunion there. But I found out that it was a long ways away from Georgia so I couldn't make it. I still would like to visit UGA and Tennessee."

"I really don't have a timeline," Crisp added. "I'm not going to commit early. I don't think that's a good idea. I've talked with my guardians and my mom about that, and I think I'm going to wait until my senior year."

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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