Son of Former PSU DT Has 5 Offers

Randy "Channing" Crowder is one of the top LB prospects in the state of Georgia. He is the son of Randy Crowder, who was an All-American DT for Penn State in the early 70's and played 8 years in the NFL.

The younger Randy goes by the name of Channing, his middle name, to distinguish himself from his father.  Channing is 6'2", 225 pounds, and was timed at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash this summer at several camps.

This is his second year at MLB for North Springs High School in Sandy Springs, Georgia.  Last season, he recorded 120 tackles and 7 sacks.  The talented LB has 43 tackles this season, and has already matched last year's total of 7 sacks.  He also plays FB on offense and has rushed for approximately 400 yards and 9 TDs.  North Springs returns 15-16 seniors this year and is undefeated in 4 games so far.

"We beat Washington-Wilkes 20-10," he said proudly.  "They said that was the biggest win in school history.  The next game was at home and it was the biggest crowd in 38 years."

Channing has offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, NC State and SMU.  He attended camps this summer at Georgia, Georgia Tech and South Carolina.  He has been very busy this year checking out several schools unofficially including Miami, Michigan, Ohio State and all the schools that have offered him except SMU.  Channing has been receiving a lot of mail from both Ohio State and Michigan as well.  Penn State had been recruiting him for a while, but has not been in touch recently.

"They haven't sent me anything recently," he said.  "Back when I was in 6th, 7th, 8th grade, I was in love with Penn State.  They were recruiting me a little bit and then they quit and they haven't started back.  I'm not really interested in them any more.  They stopped about half way through the summer.  I like Penn State just because of the tradition.  I think I have over 20 Penn State shirts as a matter of fact, but they just quit recruiting me, so I don't really wear them any more.  I might have committed early if they offered me because I was in love with them, but now, they stopped so long that I've pretty much lost interest in them.  I would just put it [a PSU scholarship offer] on the wall with the rest of them."

Coach Carter visited Channing's school this spring.

"He came to the school and got tapes on me and then I sent tapes to them," Channing explained.  "They had tapes before that.  They sent letters to me and then they just quit."

Channing likes Miami, Georgia and Georgia Tech, which is very close to where he lives.  He is already qualified and wants to study Veterinarian Medicine.

Georgia Tech called Channing as a result of a comment in this 9/21 article by Jamie Newberg where Channing appeared concerned that Georgia Tech did not have his desired major.  They explained to Channing that he could take Biological Medicine as an undergrad and study Veterinarian Medicine any where he chooses after graduation.

Channing is looking for strong academics and an opportunity to play.  He says he will most likely make a decision the day after his fifth visit.

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