The weeks leading up to National Signing Day can be a stressful time for teenagers weighing their options and searching for the proper path.
For others committed to their favorite school like Eric Crosby is to Tennessee, it’s a time to relax and continue bonding with Vols coaches and players. The Virginia Beach native was able to do exactly that with an official visit to Knoxville over the weekend.
The Scout No. 1-ranked defensive tackle in the East Region’s 2017 class especially enjoyed “how all the coaches became like a family even more than they were on regular visits.”
“The coaches really show how much they really care about each individual and that’s what stuck out to me,” Crosby told InsideTennessee on Sunday.
“Most of what I was looking forward to was just talking to the coaches about everything, me and the commits, and the food that they gave us.
“They told me that I was the face of this recruiting class, the 2017 class. They said that I’m the one that started it all committing and getting out of my home state and venturing out. They just let me know they have great confidence in me coming in and competing for a starting spot.
“They definitely broke it down for me. They said that I was going to be playing defensive tackle. They said they’re really short on defensive tackles, so it’ll be a good chance for me to come in and compete to start.
“We just did some film maybe an hour ago (Sunday). Watched some film with (Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob) Shoop. Watched some film with (Tennessee defensive line) coach (Steve Stripling) Strip, showing me some new techniques that I didn’t even know about. It’s always good to learn something new. Can’t wait to get up there.”
Tennessee had 16 official visitors on campus, including nine Vols commitments in the 2017 class.
“We have a group chat with all of them in there, so I’ve heard about them, talked to them,” Crosby said. “So, most of them I knew.”
The 6-foot-2, 330-pounder had on his recruiter’s hat.
“I did quite a bit, trying to get some of the defensive line stacked up a little bit more,” Crosby said. “Got one of the defensive ends, trying to get him committed. He’s up in the D.C. area. (LaBryan) Ray, trying to get him.”
The only defensive tackle that ranks higher in Virginia than Elijah Conliffe is Crosby. They took their official visits to Knoxville together.
“Elijah is going to be a tough one, but we’re going to try to get him,” Crosby said.
A portion of the class enrolled in classes on Rocky Top just four days ago.
“Trey (Smith) said he hasn’t even been there for a week yet, and he loves it,” Crosby said. “But, I did talk to a couple of them and they said it’s a great place to be and they have so much fun while they’re up there. They’re ready to start the season.”
Louisville, Utah and Virginia Tech are all attempting to get Crosby to visit. He said he doesn’t know yet if any of those trips will go down.
“The only way it wouldn’t be just fun is if something happens at Tennessee where all the coaching staff leaves or something,” Crosby said. “That’s the only way something could happen.”
Look for the Ocean Lakes (Va.) High School standout to move south to Knoxville this summer.
“I’m coming at the end of May,” said Crosby, who plans to wear No. 27.
“I definitely see a great opportunity for me to come in and compete to start. I mean I hope I do come in and start if I do my thing and do this offseason right and do what I need to do to start.”