Scout Rating: *****
Scout Rank: No. 4 OT
Size: 6-8, 290 pounds
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
High School: Athens Drive High School
Accolades: A Shrine Bowl selection, Crisp also played in the US Army All-American Bowl. An ll-conference and all-state pick, Crisp has been tabbed all-combine at several events.
Commit Date: April 7, 2009
Recruiting Scene: Boasting a tremendous frame, quick feet and above average athleticism, Crisp landed better than 30 scholarship offers from across the nation before he and teammate Pete Singer verbally committed to Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien in April.
"We went over to their practice earlier this afternoon and they just showed us the same respect they have always shown us, and I feel like family every time we got over there.
"I wanted to go anywhere with Pete, and I told colleges that we wanted to go to school together. This family has always been NC State fans, and this is just a dream come true. I can't even talk right now."
Crisp has been a fixture at NC State's home games as his guardians are season ticket holders, but he would never come out and publicly state the Wolfpack led in his recruitment. Now he admits that was the case.
"I've been thinking about it for a while and what opportunities they have for me. I've known where I wanted to go for a couple of months, I just kept it a secret."
How good of a prospect is Crisp? He attended the NIKE Camp in Chapel Hill last summer and, as a rising junior, was named offensive lineman MVP, winning the award over seniors Xavier Nixon, Peter White (Maryland), and Will Simmons (ECU) among others.
Why NC State? "To be honest, I knew all along I would be going to North Carolina State, but I wanted to check out some other schools to be sure. I love North Carolina State because it's close to home and the coaching staff is great. I know some of the guys on the team already, and I'm looking forward to joining them. I'm very close with the coaching staff at North Carolina State, and think they will be the best people to make me a better player."
Picked NC State Over: Clemson, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina
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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