UNC's Patience Paying Off with Crowder

SANFORD, N.C. --- North Carolina was among the programs to make Tyrone Crowder's long-awaited cut to four schools.

"It's a top in-state school," Crowder said. "I think the new coaching staff is really going to make a difference. I just really like them."

Specifically with UNC's coaching staff, Crowder, a 6-foot-2, 325-pound offensive guard from Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond County, has developed a great relationship with Chris Kapilovic, the Tar Heels' offensive line coach.

"He's a great coach – awesome coach," Crowder said. "He doesn't really try to put too much pressure on me to make a decision. He allowed me to take my time."

With 18 verbal commitments and only 20 scholarships allowed this year, UNC has limited space left in its 2013 recruiting class.

"[Kapilovic] told me they're going to hold a spot for me and just to take my time and not to rush it," Crowder said.

Kapilovic's patience was apparently key in UNC earning a spot on Crowder's final schools list. For approximately two months, Crowder had struggled with narrowing his list.

"It was pretty difficult," Crowder said. "I wanted to take my time. I didn't want to be like other recruits and de-commit [at some point]. I wanted my choice to be perfect."

Clemson, Georgia, and Stanford round out Crowder's final schools list.

"They are all great programs," Crowder said. "I like those coaching staffs – they make me feel at home."

The next phase in Crowder's recruitment is visiting each of his final four schools – both unofficially and officially – until he's ready to make a verbal commitment. Those visits will occur during the season and after. He said his verbal commitment could occur at any point between now and Signing Day.

Already, Crowder has made several visits to UNC – for football games, the Spring Game, Junior Day, etc. He's aiming to return to Chapel Hill this Saturday for the Tar Heels' season opener against Elon.

For the next few months, Crowder will attempt to balance his recruiting trips with his senior football season. Richmond County improved to a 2-0 record on Friday with a 55-28 victory over Lee County.

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