Since North Carolina offered about a year ago, Eric Crosby has strived to visit Chapel Hill. The four-star defensive tackle from the 2017 class was finally able to make that visit happen this past Saturday.
“It was cool,” Crosby said. “It was a great game atmosphere. The coaches were cool. They made me feel like they really wanted me to go there. They really put the time into making sure I was comfortable, making sure I was having a good time, and just making sure I had an overall great experience.”
UNC is among the 18 schools that have offered Crosby, a 6-foot-2, 285-pounder from Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes. Also on that list are Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, UNC, NC State, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
Shortly after checking into the Kenan Football Center on Saturday, Crosby was escorted to a banquet area for lunch. There he conversed with Tray Scott, UNC’s defensive line coach.
“He told me that he would love to have me there, I’d be a great asset on the D-line, and he hopes I get back up there for a visit,” Crosby said.
Crosby says he “definitely” plans to return to UNC after the season for a more in-depth trip.
“I’d like to come back for a junior day or one of the basketball games that they have,” Crosby said.
After lunch, Crosby watched UNC cruise to its ninth consecutive victory.
“The D-line looked great,” Crosby said. “I know they have some older guys up there on the D-line. But, overall the team played great. They blew out Miami.”
Crosby has also visited Florida State, NC State, Old Dominion, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. He plans to travel to Clemson this Saturday for the Tigers’ home finale. Florida is his next desired destination.
“I’m just trying to check everything out and see what school is best for me,” Crosby said. “Right now, I don’t have any schools that are sticking out to me.”
While traveling most Saturdays, Crosby has helped nationally ranked Ocean Lakes to an undefeated season. Heading into Friday’s second round playoff game, he has compiled 28 tackles, including seven for a loss and a pair of sacks. The big guy has also rushed for 42 yards on nine carries – mostly in short yardage situations.