At 6-8, 290 pounds, Chapel Hill (NC) OL Rob Crisp is the odds-on favorite to sit atop North Carolina’s class of 2010 when rankings are released later this year. Boasting a tremendous frame, quick feet and above average athleticism, the rising senior has landed better than 30 scholarship offers from across the nation. So much attention can potentially be overwhelming for a teenager but Crisp says he’s had no problem will all of the interest thus far.
“All of the attention really caught me by surprise because I wasn’t expecting to get all these offers, all in a short period of time,” he said. “At a point it can be overwhelming but I have a good support base and a lot of people helping me out through the whole recruiting process. So, I’m managing to go through it quite nicely.”
Over recent weeks Crisp has made unofficial visits to NC State, UNC and South Carolina. His recent trip to Raleigh was just one of many Crisp has made over the last few years. He has been a fixture at NC State’s home games and that fact has many thinking the Pack is the team to beat for his signature. Crisp, however, was quick to point out that he’s evaluating all of his options currently.
“I try to give everyone the notice that just because I live with State fans doesn’t mean I’m actually going to go to State,” said Crisp. “They love State and they would love for me to go there but they’re not pressuring me to go there. I just want to try to get people to understand that but people are going to think what they want to.”
At the same time, the Wolfpack has been on Crisp longer than anyone and he admits the NC State coaches have made an impression.
“I’ve always liked State. They’ve always impressed me. When I went for junior day it was much like it’s been before. The coaches treated me like I was one of the players. They actually care for me. I’m always impressed with State and they always impress me when I go over.”
One important facet of Crisp’s recruiting may be the future of his close friend and teammate, S Pete Singer. Both Crisp and Singer are adamant about their desire to play together in college.
“I think some schools are planning on offering Pete. I’d say it would definitely have an impact on me if he got an offer to one of the schools I’m looking at. I want to stay with Pete where ever we go.”
Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and a top 100 player nationally regardless of position by several recruiting outlets, Crisp says he’s taking everything in stride and doesn’t foresee a decision anytime soon. He’s also keeping an open mind to where he’ll play his college ball and has yet to narrow down his list of favorites.
“I can’t say I have a top five or top ten yet because I haven’t narrowed it down any. I’m just enjoying the recruiting process.
“I don’t think I’m going to rush it any because I have so many people helping me out and it’s going so smoothly.”
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