Eric Crosby on Vols future, Team 120, more

Eric Crosby is a menacing defensive tackle with a skill set to consistently defeat opposing blockers. Yet, the Scout 100 talent from the 2017 class is all smiles when he speaks of Tennessee.

CHARLOTTE, Tenn. — Eric Crosby is Tennessee bound — and the 6-foot-2, 297-pounder exhales when speaking about his college choice.

“It’s nice,” Crosby said of being committed to the Volunteers. “It takes the weight off your shoulders. Nothing else to worry about but grind and get your grades right and just keep competing.”

Butch Jones and his staff didn’t know for certain if the Ocean Lakes (Va.) High School defensive tackle would be a Volunteer until they saw Crosby’s declaration ceremony on April 22.

Tennessee defensive line coach Steve Stripling and graduate assistant Nathan Ollie were instrumental in landing the Scout 100 prospect.

“When they talk to me, they don’t talk about football that much," Crosby said. "They just talk about other things, so I like that. It’s like having two father figures as a coach.”

See more from the future Big Orange defender by watching Crosby’s exclusive video interview with InsideTennessee from Mallard Creek (N.C.) High School above.

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