Target 2005: Jonathan Crompton

North Carolina 2005 quarterback prospect Jonathan Crompton – widely considered to be among the highest rated juniors in the state – is close to becoming a future Tar Heel. <I>Inside Carolina</I> spoke to Crompton and his parents, who all agreed that Carolina was the prohibitive favorite to land the western N.C. standout from Tuscola (Waynesville).

"At this point they are my favorite," Crompton said of Carolina. "It's just different. I'm not used to seeing things first class like that. Everywhere I've gone is just so nice. It's just a different world than what I'm used to. The coaches are very forward, nice and they are there to teach you and make you a better person."

Crompton said he plans to make his decision final during the summer of 2004. Due to NCAA guidelines, UNC will not officially extend Crompton an written scholarship offer until Sept. 1, 2003, his father said.

"Our family has just been blown away by the UNC coaching staff," said David Crompton. "Everybody has made it known that this is a kid we want, but North Carolina – from Coach [Andre] Powell, all the way to Coach [John] Bunting – they have not beat around the bush. They said, ‘This is the kid we want, and we're going to come after him.'

"They have already made him feel like he is going to be a part of their family. And we're looking for a family atmosphere for our child."

Jonathan's mom, Janet, is sold on Carolina.

"My wife doesn't care if it's the President of the United States, she's going to ask the questions she feels she needs to ask," David Crompton said. "When we were in [Bunting's] office, he said, ‘now, what do you need to ask me?' And she grilled this guy. And he never flinched. He answered every question, did it in detail, and made her very comfortable.

"What we like about John Bunting is his intensity and his honesty. He'll look you in the eye."

Crompton first became interested in UNC during his freshman year. Since then, the UNC coaches have all but convinced him and his family that Carolina is the place for him to be.

Crompton is 6-foot-3 1/2, weighs 191 pounds and has a recorded time in the 40-yard dash of 4.9 seconds.

He completed 123-of-263 passes for 1,705 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2002 for Erwin (Asheville). The Cromptons moved from Leicester to Haywood County during the off-season to follow head coach Travis Noland, who took the job at Tuscola.

This summer Crompton was invited to the renowned EA Sports Elite 11 Football Camp in Santa Ana, Calif. It is the premier event for the nation's best high school signal callers, both to demonstrate their skills and to work on fundamentals. Because he is an underclassman, Crompton was ineligible to be one of the Elite 11, but was chosen as a ballboy, which is a much bigger honor than it may seem.

Florida freshman quarterback Chris Leak was a former EA Sports Elite 11 ballboy, and then the Charlotte star received an invite to be an official camper prior to his senior season.

Both father and son did stipulate that this is not a done deal yet, and therefore Tennessee, N.C. State, Clemson, and many other schools are all still contenders. But in order for one of them to land Crompton, something drastic is going to have to happen, and it's going to have to happen soon.

"Coach Bunting is just someone that stands out to our family right now," David Crompton said. "Whether Jonathan ends up there or not, he is a special guy and he's going to win. And he's going to win the right way, and that is what has impressed us.

"He hasn't promised Jonathan anything, except a chance to work hard and compete," he said. "Other coaches are going to promise you everything. Coach Bunting is just a good person.

"This has been very humbling for our family. It's a process that we have set up to be an enjoyable thing. The most interesting thing is to meet the people from these schools, and to meet the people that we have heard so much about. Then you find out they're human beings just like you."

VIDEO - Crompton throws a TD pass at last month's WCU King of the Mountains 7-on-7 passing scrimmage

Photos courtesy the Citizen-Times.

Video courtesy Richie Sund, Franklin High School.

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