Crowell Likes "Linebacker University"

Maryland three-star linebacker Conner Crowell says he will verbal this fall and will take official visits to his top three schools. Get an update on his recruitment and favorites here.

Having recently released his top three of Penn State, Ohio State and Stanford, standout Maryland linebacker prospect Conner Crowell is gearing up for these three official visits. Crowell, who has set an individual goal of being named the state player of the year, is excited about each of the programs.

Penn State is the closest of the three, about a four hour drive he estimates, and he's quite familiar with the program. He attended the game against Ohio State last year and has visited on at least one other occasion. The program and the campus impressed him.

"I really like the coaches a lot and their approach to things," Crowell said about Penn State. "They're very cool and they have a great program, great facilities and a great tradition."

Crowell said that the campus was real low key and quiet, something he liked. It was the most rural location of the final three programs and he admits that might take some getting used to as he considers himself to be more of a "city guy." One thing working for the Nittany Lions is that he's fully aware of the fact that the program is known as "Linebacker University."

"That's definitely something I consider very highly," Crowell said. "They send a lot of linebackers to the NFL – I think they're last six. Yeah, that's something that puts them right up there."

Ohio State gets love from Crowell because of their tradition and the winning program they've built. He also like the campus a lot, saying that the layout is something he's comfortable with and he likes the fact that it is built like a city and located inside Columbus. Out of all the campuses and college towns he's been to, Columbus is his favorite.

And while he hasn't visited Stanford, Crowell said that he likes what he has seen and heard from the program. The stadium is something he wants to see up close and in person and he is excited to see the campus, one that he says he's heard is one of the most beautiful in the country. The fact that he has family on the West Coast is something that is also a positive for him.

All this leads up to a decision this fall for Crowell, which he says will come on the team's Senior Night.

"I want to make my decision then – along with one of my friends on the team," Crowell said.

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