Eye-Opening Trip for Crowell

Since receiving a scholarship offer from North Carolina, Conner Crowell has wanted to visit Chapel Hill. Saturday's Spring Game provided the 6-foot-1, 219-pound linebacker from Waldorf (Md.) North Point the perfect opportunity.

"It went very well," Crowell said. "I got to meet a lot of the coaches and I got to sit down and talk to Coach [Art] Kaufman about a couple things and I got to watch a great game."

Speaking with Kaufman, UNC's linebacker coach, was one of the highlights of Crowell's UNC visit.

"He told me why I should come to North Carolina and be a Tar Heel, and what they have to offer me academic-wise and football-wise, and what position he wants me to play," Crowell said.

Kaufman informed Crowell that he projects him as either a MIKE (middle) or WILL (weak-side) linebacker.

Six schools have offered Crowell a scholarship – Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, UNC, Ohio State, and West Virginia – and each school is primarily recruiting him as a linebacker. However, Duke, Maryland, and West Virginia will allow him to play running back, if he so wishes.

Last season, Crowell started at both linebacker and running back for North Point and accumulated 100 tackles, four sacks, three interceptions, and ten all-purpose touchdowns. He played fullback and defensive tackle as a sophomore, and linebacker as a freshman.

Crowell's parents accompanied him Saturday to UNC. The trio received a good look at the campus through a tour of the football facilities and the detour they accidentally took when they got lost on their way to the football building.

"We got a fair share of the campus and I thought it was beautiful," Crowell said.

The Spring Game, which took up much of his stay, provided Crowell a much needed football fix.

"I thought the game was great," Crowell said. "It was very exciting. I haven't had the chance to watch a football game in a long time, so it was kind of relieving to see one."

The next two weekends, Crowell will see more football when he attends Ohio State's and West Virginia's spring games.

"I'm just trying to visit whoever offers me and see what they have to offer," Crowell said. "I think I'm good with what I have, but if any more schools decide to offer me then I'm definitely going to try to check them out."

Crowell said UNC did a good job showing what it had to offer on Saturday.

"I really loved the school and it was a great place and a great atmosphere and the fans were great and the people were great and everybody had a positive attitude," Crowell said. "Coach Kaufman and Coach [Butch] Davis, they really want to win this year and they're not just talking about ACC championships – they're talking about national championships. That really opened my eyes and makes me consider Carolina."

Crowell, who doesn't plan on making a verbal commitment until the winter, said he lists Maryland and UNC as his top two schools because they are the only schools he has visited.

When he's not visiting schools, Crowell has been impressing on the camp and combine circuit. He posted a 115.35 SPARQ rating at the Nike Combine and was among the standouts at the Premier Showcase.

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