Recruiting: OU moving up the chart for Texas DE

Tyler, Texas defensive end Tim Crowder talks about his interest in Oklahoma

TIM CROWDER, DE, 6'4, 226, 4.67, TYLER (JOHN TYLER HS), TEXAS:

It's not so much about Crowder's great athletic ability that impresses college recruiters, it's about his tremendous instinct of playing the game. When Crowder is on the field you get the feeling that he was born to play. Crowder goes into his senior year as a two-year starter and a three-year letterman.

John Tyler is a tremendous high school program in Texas and not many players start as freshmen, but Crowder finished the season with more reps than the starter in front of him.

Last season Crowder finished with 48 tackles and 4 ½ sacks, earning him first team all-district honors. Crowder can bench 360 pounds, squats 450 and he has played baseball the last two seasons but will concentrate solely on football his senior season.

Crowder has already gone to the Texas and Texas A&M camps this summer and he hopes to go to LSU in late July.

"At the Texas A&M camp I did real well and they want me to play outside linebacker," said Crowder. "I had the fastest time at Texas A&M and Texas for a defensive end. I went to both camps in very good shape and that paid off for me."

John Tyler has traditionally been a 5-2 defense, but they will change to a 4-3 defense this year to take advantage of Crowder's skills.

"I am going to play weakside defensive end, which will give me a great opportunity to show off my skills," said Crowder. "My coach says all teams try to run to the weakside, so the action should be coming right at me and I think I will get them to change their mind about challenging me."

Crowder has 15 offers at this time and he has narrowed his choices down to seven.

"I am looking at Kansas State, Nebraska, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, LSU and Arkansas," said Crowder. "I don't have a leader and I am very interested in all seven teams. Oklahoma keeps showing interest in me, and they continue to move up my recruiting chart. I wasn't looking real strong at Oklahoma, but they have done the best job of recruiting me and they have shown a great deal of interest in me. I like Coach Wyatt and I can tell he wants me to play for him. Just the opposite is Arkansas, who really hasn't shown that much interest in me, so they may be dropping out soon."

Crowder plans to take five visits and he feels he will go through the whole recruiting process. Crowder has taken his first ACT recently and he is still waiting on the test scores as of press time.

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