2010 Intro: Jon Crucitti

MOUNT ULLA, N.C. --- While K.P. Parks receives just about all of the offensive attention, Jon Crucitti did a lot of the little things on offense for West Rowan High, which greatly contributed to last season's NCHSAA 3A title run.

"[Crucitti] is just so versatile and athletic that we were able to do a lot of different things with him," West Rowan head football coach Scott Young said. "He is so dangerous with the ball in his hands both as a passer and runner that the defense better account for him."

Crucitti, a 5-foot-11, 180-pounder, started at quarterback for Mooresville High during both his freshman and sophomore seasons. Prior to last season, he transferred into West Rowan and proceeded to win the starting quarterback job before the season opener.

Two games in, however, Young opted for sophomore B.J. Sherrill.

"For a little bit, I didn't know what my role was going to be," Young said. "For the West Iredell game, Coach put in some packages specifically just to get the ball in my hands. It was anything from letting me run zone-reads at quarterback out of the shotgun to lining me up at tailback throwing me some passes out of the backfield to wide receiver screens."

From that point forward, during the course of a game Crucitti would line up at every offensive skill position. He also became the full-time kick and punt returner.

"If we lock him in to the quarterback position and the defense knows where he is every snap, it simplifies it for the opposing defense," Young said. "[By moving him around], no one knows where Jon's going to be from snap-to-snap."

On the season, Crucitti accumulated 1,242 yards and 11 touchdowns from scrimmage. He made 34 receptions for 607 yards and five touchdowns, rushed 50 times for 285 yards and two scores, and completed 14-of-32 passes for 350 yards and four touchdowns.

Crucitti also averaged 41.7 yards on 26 punts.

For this coming season, Young plans to use Crucitti in the same capacity. Crucitti might, though, see increased snaps at receiver, as that unit was hit hard by graduation.

Young expects college coaching staffs to recruit Crucitti as an athlete and wait until he arrives on campus before determining his position.

"He's going to be a D1 punter and an A.T.H.," Young said. "I think he could be a slot receiver or a defensive back."

Crucitti has already been offered a scholarship by the three service academics – Air Force, Army, and Navy – and is receiving significant interest from schools in the ACC, as well as East Carolina.

Although it didn't work out at West Rowan, Crucitti could still end up playing quarterback on the collegiate level.

"Mechanically, he's the best quarterback I've ever had in 14 years of coaching football," Young said. "He has just beautiful mechanics – you can tell he's been coached, you can tell he's worked at it.

"He has good speed and everything else [needed to play quarterback]."

Crucitti is also being recruited for baseball. All three of his scholarship offering schools are recruiting him as a dual-sport prospect.

"Most of the programs are very open to [me playing both sports in college]," Crucitti said. "There's some that have said it's hard, though. Depending on the individual, it's definitely doable."

For Mooresville High last season, Crucitti, who starts at centerfield, led the team in batting average with a .372-average and hit four home runs. He also batted .413 for Mooresville American Legion Post 66 and was selected to the Region-7 State Games Team.

Crucitti, who isn't sure when he'll make a verbal commitment, is favoring an SEC school.

"After our regional final game against South Point, I loaded up the car and drove to Nashville to visit Vanderbilt," Crucitti said. "Right now, if they offered, I'd probably have to commit.

"I love Duke and Rice is another one that's right up there. After visiting ECU, I really like the direction their program is heading. I also like all the military academies."

In addition to Vanderbilt and East Carolina, Crucitti has unofficially visited NC State.

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