Player Spotlight: Jason Croom
"After our spring game, I checked on my Facebook and Coach Terry Joseph had sent me an email telling me the Vols were offering," Jason Croom said. "It was special. He told me he was coming to my school on Monday to see what I could do in person and wants to get me on campus. I don't really know a lot about the program, but I'm going to go to Knoxville to find out more."
Croom says the schools contacting him the most who have offered include Mississippi State, Illinois, Arkansas, Louisville, and Miami. He's also been offered by Auburn, Southern Miss, Memphis, South Florida, LSU, and UConn. Schools recruiting Croom, but yet to offer include Georgia, Alabama, and Florida State.
"I haven't really been on any visits," Croom said. "I'm planning on doing most of them in June and July.
"I'm hoping to have a decision made by the middle of my senior season. I want to go play for coaches who are cool and care about their players. I'd like to know the coach is going to stay at the program and will be there to help me develop.
"As far as academics are concerned, I'm looking at athletic training or Communications, so that's a plus for a school that offers both. That's why I really like Miami."
Croom plays X-receiver for Norcross and a little at safety in a 30 Defense. Croom (No. 18) caught 33 passes as a junior for 547 yards. His biggest game came against Brookwood, who went on the win the state championship. He made six catches for 177 yards in the second round playoff game.
"I got better at the basics," Croom said of his junior season. "I thought quicker on my feet, did a better job using my space, and did well timing the ball while it was in the air. This season my goal is to improve on getting better out of my breaks."
Croom attended the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio in January. "I think I did pretty good," Croom said. "I was killing DBs. I ran a 4.5 40. My best 40 time is 4.48 at my high school. Spring practice finished last Friday. I had two touchdowns in the spring game, and I made an interception on defense."
Norcross returns 10 starters from last years 9-3 team. The Blue Devils' staff will look to Croom to step it up as it tries to remain successful in the fiercely competitive Georgia Class AAAAA football.
"As a junior, I developed into a leader," Croom stated. "My team picked me as one of the captains, and I want to be a good example to them both on-and-off the field. In class or in a game, if they're down, it's my job to help bring their energy up."
Croom is a cousin to redshirt freshman Dior Mathis of Oregon. He said he almost quit playing football in the 10th grade to fully pursue his first love of basketball, but missed the game too much. His decision paid off and won a starting role on the team by the end of his sophomore season.
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