"He's a very explosive kid," Richmond Senior head football coach Paul Hoggard said. "He's a kid that has very good feet at 315 pounds… He's a tremendous athlete. He has very good grades – honors student with AP courses… He's a good kid with good character. He has great feet, flexible hips, flexible ankles – he has it all."
Crowder has started at offensive tackle for Richmond Senior, one of the state's most tradition-rich football programs, since his sophomore season.
"He's the first that I know of – he's definitely the first of the 14 years that I've been here – to ever start on the offensive line as a sophomore," Hoggard said.
Seven schools have offered Crowder – Alabama, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
"He's one of the few in the 14 years that I've been here that is a national recruit," Hoggard said. "He's being recruited nation wide. When Alabama offers you with where they are right now, you can say you're a pretty big recruit."
Due to his 6-foot-2 height, Crowder will move inside for his collegiate career, despite playing his prep career at tackle.
"Moving inside may even be easier for him," Hoggard said.
"I don't really have any schools that are sticking out," Crowder said. "I think everything is pretty even."
Crowder has camped and made a couple miscellaneous visits to UNC. This Wednesday, he returns to Chapel Hill for the UNC-Duke basketball game.
"It's a pretty good school," Crowder said. "I want to go down there with the new staff and get a good feel for it."
Chris Kapilovic is recruiting Crowder for UNC.
"He emails me and we talk on Facebook," Crowder said. "He's excited for me to come down there and visit. He said he's looked at my film and I'm one of the guys they want. They want to try to keep me in North Carolina."
UNC's Junior Day on Wednesday will be Crowder's third junior day in as many weeks. He has previousl yattended junior days at Alabama and South Carolina.
In addition to football, Crowder throws the discus and shot put for Richmond Senior.