Incredible upside

Imagine that you're a 6-foot-2, 225-pound high school football player. Last fall you caught 24 passes for 374 yards at tight end and registered six sacks among your 49 tackles at linebacker. You already have a dozen major-college scholarship offers.

Now imagine that you're only 15 years old and just completed your freshman year of high school.

Given all of the above, Kevin Crosby, Jr., of Ehrhardt High in Bamberg, S.C., just might be the crown jewel of America's 2014 recruiting class. Saturday found this jewel visiting Knoxville, one of 200-plus high schoolers attending Tennessee's Lineman Camp.

Like virtually every program in college football, the Vols are keenly interested in Crosby, whose father is Ehrhardt's head coach and whose Uncle Corey is the school's linebackers coach.

"I've got 12 offers - Texas Tech, Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, South Florida, Maryland, North Carolina State and three or four more," Kevin, Jr. said. "Tennessee hasn't offered yet."

Still, the Vols appeal to Crosby, who was tabbed second-team Freshman All-America at tight end by MaxPreps last winter. He started several late-season games for a team that went 13-0 before losing in the state championship game.

Although he's still waiting on an offer from Tennessee, Crosby seemed to really enjoy Saturday's camp on The Hill.

"It was a lot of hard work," he said. "But I learned a lot of things I didn't know. At linebacker, I learned how to get low, come out of my stance and rush the passer better."

Asked what he liked best about the camp, Crosby replied: "The thing I enjoyed most was the competition and getting after it."

The prospect described Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley as "an awesome guy," adding: "He likes to keep you going. He likes competition, too. He likes to see you fight."

Crosby also was impressed with Tennessee's campus and 102,000-seat Neyland Stadium.

"Ah, the campus is beautiful," he said. "And I ain't never seen a stadium this big."

Dooley's Vol For Life program - aimed at molding good students and good people, as well as good athletes - surely made a positive impression on Crosby, who said he's looking for a school with "good academics and people who'll get after you and stay after you when you're doing something wrong."


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