UT enters Crouch sweepstakes

After crouching in the weeds for a while, the Tennessee Vols are coming on strong in pursuit of a massive lineman from North Carolina.

The Big Orange now appears to be hot on the trail of Curtis Crouch, a 6-6, 320-pound two-way tackle from E.E. Smith of Fayetteville, N.C.

''Tennessee has just started writing me a lot recently,'' Crouch told Don Callahan of TheInsiders.com. ''That really surprised me. Penn State has come on lately, also. But N.C. State is still recruiting me hard.''

Although Crouch likes North Carolina State a lot, he readily admits the Volunteers have piqued his interest. He would like to know more about the Big Orange before making anything final.

''Right now my leader is probably N.C. State," Crouch said. ''I'm not sure about Tennessee, but I'm trying to see what they are about. Probably between them two.''

Crouch expects to wait until at least this fall before making his decision. That's good news for the Vols because the Wolfpack seems to have a big lead at present.

''I have a lot of close friends from high school that go there (Raleigh), and I'm still talking to them,'' Crouch said. ''They are telling me about the school. It is also the only school I have been to so far. And right now they are really talking to me a lot more than other schools to let me know they are more interested.''

Crouch plans to attend summer camps at N.C. State, Penn State and Tennessee in the months ahead. He has already visited Raleigh for N.C. State's Junior Day. He plans to visit Knoxville April 17 for Tennessee's Orange & White Game and hopes to visit State College to attend Penn State's spring game.

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