Georgia LB Channing Crowder

Channing is one of the top middle linebackers in the South. He talks about his official visit schedule and whether or not the Nittany Lions fit in.

Name: Randolph "Channing" Crowder
Position: LB
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 225 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.6
School: North Springs High School, Sandy Springs, Georgia

Channing Crowder 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.  Randy also coached at Penn State in the early 80's for 2 years.

Channing recently had surgery on his knee to repair a torn ACL.

"I did it during the last game of the season," Channing said.  "I'm ahead of schedule with my recovery though.  It should only take about 4 or 5 months.  I'll be ready for summer workouts."

Channing has already taken official visits to NC State (12/7) and South Carolina (12/14).

The star linebacker originally had an official visit scheduled to Georgia Tech for this past weekend, but due to former head coach George O'Leary's exodus, he cancelled the official visit.  He decided to take an official visit to Florida on January 25th instead.

However, as a result of the recent hiring of Chan Gailey as head coach at Georgia Tech, Channing decided to take an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech this past weekend.

"I went to see Georgia Tech and ate with Chan Gailey on Friday, so that I could meet him. I'm going to Georgia and I'm going to Florida on the 25th."

Channing is set to visit Penn State on January 18, but may instead visit Georgia Tech again, this time for an official visit.

"Right now, it's between Penn State and Georgia Tech to see where I'm going to go on the 18th.

"I've been [to Georgia Tech] on a lot of unofficial visits because it's right up the street.  Now, I'm just thinking about where, between those two, would be the best place for me.

"The only thing about Penn State is the weather.  I like it and all, but I don't like the cold, and I have to see if I can cope with that.

"I'll probably decide this week to see where I'm going to go."

Is he leaning towards a visit to Penn State or a visit to Georgia Tech?

"I don't know.  The Penn State thing has been set up for a while.  I'm probably still leaning that way.

"Also, Georgia Tech only has Chan Gailey, Ted Roof and Bill O'Brien [as coaches right now].  I don't know the defensive coordinator and I don't know a lot of people, so that's going to hurt them."

Georgia is Channing's current favorite.  Is there a chance he could commit to the Bulldogs during his official visit this weekend?

"No, I told everybody else that I was going to take visits.  I'll probably go up to Georgia and like it.  If nobody else really comes off amazing, it'll probably be Georgia, but I'm still going to take my visits."

All of the teams mentioned have offered Channing a scholarship.

December 7 Channing Crowder article


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