When the first Class of 2010 national rankings come out, offensive lineman Robert Crisp is sure to find himself in an enviable position. The elite junior prospect from Chapel Hill has already generated a lot of buzz on the recruiting trails and his stock continues to rise.
After dominant showings at several in-state combines and camps held last spring, Crisp put his talents on display on the national stage as he recently attended the US Army all-american combine held in San Antonio, Tx. After a strong performance he was subsequently named to participate in that all-star event next year.
Crisp has plenty of offers and that list should continue to balloon until most of the nation's top programs have thrown their hats into the mix.
While it's too early for Crisp to come out with a list of favorites he does know that NC State is a school he likes.
"I've been to NC State a bunch of times now and I like it there. They've always made an impression on me. I haven't had a chance to talk to them much this year. Actually I talked to them more last year than this year.
"They're still in the same position with me. My rating for them hasn't gone up or down. It's about the same. They're one of a lot of schools I'll look at."
Academics are going to be a big factor in whatever decision Crisp makes down the road. He seems to have his head on straight when it comes to setting priorities and what he wants to do with his life.
"It's too early to decide on a major but I want to do something that involves mentoring," he said.
"I do something like that for our school. There are a group of freshmen we check in with every week. We just see how they're doing, how their classes and grades are going. We talk about any personal problems they're having at home and we give them some uplifting if they need it. Really we're just people that care about them and help them out."
Crisp boasts early offers from NC State, Michigan, Miami, Duke, Clemson and Tennessee among others.
Sophomore 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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