Vols coaches make East's No. 1 DT feel at home

The Scout No. 1-ranked junior defensive tackle in the East Region is considering making Tennessee his No. 1 school. Read what the four-star prospect said after a junior day in Knoxville.

Eric Crosby’s education on what life in orange and white could be like continued Saturday.

The Ocean Lakes (Va.) High School defensive tackle made his third trip from Virginia Beach to Knoxville by taking part in an invite-only junior day on Tennessee's campus.

“I learned a lot,” Crosby told InsideTennessee. “They didn’t bring in any D-tackles from the 2016 class. So that’s good. Just a great overall experience, again. I’m sure I’ll be back soon.

“Today was a good day to come. I did get to meet some of the new coaches and got to sit down and chill with them and talk to them a little bit.”

Crosby has a top 5 of Alabama, Clemson, N.C. State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. He plans to be on the road much of the spring to figure out which of that quintet gets his commitment on April 22.

“Just finding out what school is the best for me and what school makes me feel at home,” the Scout four-star prospect and No. 93 player in the 2017 class said.

“I just want to get it out of the way before my senior season, make sure my grades are right, make sure the SAT score is right, make sure what credentials I need to get to get into a school that I pick.”

The defensive tackle that sometimes doubles as a fullback has his reasons for including Tennessee in his final group.

“Every time I do come up here, it’s a great atmosphere,” said Crosby, who is the Scout No. 1-ranked defensive tackle in the East Region. “They do make me feel at home every time I come. It’s just an overall great school.”

The 6-foot-1, 285-pounder sat down with area recruiter Zach Azzanni and defensive line coach Steve Stripling.

“It went good,” Crosby said. “Just talking about what the plans are for the future for Tennessee. The plans sound good.”

Before placing a specific cap on his head April 22, the Scout 300 member could make a fourth trip to Rocky Top.

“This might be my last time, but I hope not,” Crosby said. “I’m going to try to get back up here in April before I commit to see one of their spring practices.”

The No. 3-rated junior in the Old Dominion State will head to N.C. State next weekend. Crosby will go to Virginia Tech in March and then to Alabama in April.


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