Tim Crowder told IT Monday of his weekend verbal pledge to the Longhorns. "I like coach Brown and I looked at (UT's) depth chart and they need defensive ends.""> Tim Crowder told IT Monday of his weekend verbal pledge to the Longhorns. "I like coach Brown and I looked at (UT's) depth chart and they need defensive ends."">

Recruiting: 'Workhorse' Crowder joins UT 'family'

"The thing about Texas and Oklahoma is they are both great places, but I want to stay in Texas," Tyler John Tyler DE <B>Tim Crowder</b> told <I>IT</i> Monday of his weekend verbal pledge to the Longhorns. "I like coach <B>Brown</b> and I looked at (UT's) depth chart and they need defensive ends."

Crowder said he narrowed his choices recently to UT and OU -- both "wonderful places," he said -- after eliminating LSU and Nebraska from consideration. The Tigers wanted him at LB rather than at DE, his preferred position, and the Huskers, well, "Nebraska was too far," he said, "and I don't like cold weather." Crowder cancelled his scheduled visits to Baton Rouge and Lincoln. He already took an official visit to Norman for the Sooners' game with Alabama.

The John Tyler weakside defensive end said he is currently 6-4 and 230 pounds. His best 40 time came at Texas camp in early summer when he clocked a strong 4.65 on the UT grass. Crowder's camp visit was his first-ever trip to Austin.

"Austin is a great city and I won't be lonely down there," he said. "There are two players down there. One (Matthew Melton) is already there, and the other (Aaron Ross) will come in with me." Crowder said he hasn't talked much with former teammate Melton yet, but he plans to catch up with the Longhorn true freshman corner when he attends one of UT's remaining four home games. That visit could come as early as next weekend when the Horns host Oklahoma State, Crowder said. His official visit will be on Banquet Weekend in mid-December. The defensive end said he sees Ross every day at school.

What did the Texas coaches see in Crowder that led to a scholarship offer? "They like my speed and I'm a really good pass rusher," he said. "They fell in love with my speed and quickness."

Crowder said he believes his greatest football attributes are his speed, strength and on-the-field smarts. He said he plays hard on every down. Crowder also called himself a "workhorse," the type of player that comes to practice everyday and leads by example by leaving it all out on the field. Off the field, he has an engaging personality (as demonstrated in the interview that is the basis for this report), earning the title of "Most Friendly" at John Tyler. He said he was urged to run for Homecoming King, but chose not to so someone else would have a shot at the honor.

As for what he wants to improve upon during his senior campaign at John Tyler: "I want to become a better leader. That's my goal this fall," Crowder said.

Crowder gushed about the Texas coaching staff.

"With Mack Brown, the main thing is he is a great person," the John Tyler prospect said. "He's honest. He has a great sense of humor just like I do, so we fit together." Crowder said he hasn't spent much time yet testing out his comedic material on the Texas head coach. "One of these days, though," the personable high school senior added with a long laugh.

"I like (DE coach) Hardee McCrary," Crowder added. "I feel like I can trust him and I love the family atmosphere."

Duane Akina recruits the Tyler area for Texas, and Crowder said Akina fits the mold of the other Longhorn coaches. "They're all fun people. They fit right in together but when it's time to be serious, they are and they want to win."

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Recruiting notes: Crowder, ranked by TheInsiders.com as the 11th-best defensive end in the country and as a national top 100 player, is UT's 12th commitment (although two current commits -- Brenham WR Limas Sweed and Florida WR Jimmy Sutton -- plan to take other visits). Along with the three prospects above, Texas has verbals from Pflugerville RB Erik Hardeman, Katy Taylor C Dallas Griffin, Houston Strake Jesuit TE Steven Hogan, Dallas Bishop Dunne DT Thomas Marshall, Pearland LB Scott Derry, Garland CB Steve Richardson, Arlington Bowie CB Brandon Foster, Duncanville S Eric Jackson and Austin Bowie ATH Michael Griffin. . . . The Horns are still in the hunt for arguably the top overall prospect in the state and one of very few best DEs in the country in Denton Ryan's Jarvis Moss. The battle for Moss looks to be between UT, Oklahoma and the Florida schools. Also possibly still on the Texas take board at DE is Alief Hastings' Alonzo Dotson. Dotson has already made two unofficial visits to the Forty Acres. UCLA, LSU, Colorado and Oklahoma are also in the mix.

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