IT: Need to get an update on your vitals.
TC: Height -- 6'4"
Weight -- 228
Vertical -- 31"
40 -- 4.66
Bench -- 360
Squat -- 440
Power Clean -- 290
Tackles -- 50
Sacks -- 8
QB Pressures -- 8
Fumble Recoveries -- 1
Bench Reps at NFL Combine Weight of 225 pounds -- 16
IT: You seemingly are well ahead in the strength department. What do you attribute that to?
TC: I think at John Tyler we have one of the best weightlifting programs in the nation. Our weight program is the same as the Seattle Seahawks. We also do a running camp.
IT: How did you get so fast? Were you born with it or has your position coach helped you to develop better speed?
TC: Well, everyone that comes to our practices, like coaches who come to evaluate some of us on the team, have all said how impressed they were with the speed of our defensive line. They say we've got super quick feet and I think it has something to do with our coaches making us do DB drills. We run the ropes and work on lateral quickness. We do that stuff all the time and it helps.
IT: Do you think about the NFL?
TC: I dream about it sometimes. But the NFL is just a dream, I mean, I hope it comes true and I'm going to do everything I can to make that dream come true.
IT: I understand that you went to the Texas Camp this past summer. Can you tell me some of the other DE's you competed with?
IT: Can you give me your forty time as well as those guys'?
TC: Forty times...I ran the fastest of all the DE's...I ran a 4.66, Justin (Warren) ran a 4.69, Chris Harrington ran a 4.7 and Jason (Jack) ran a 4.77, I think.
IT: Break those guys down for me.
TC: Well, Jason (Jack) is a size-guy, you know, he likes to bull-rush you. He's so big, but you can tell that he relies on that, I mean, he doesn't really have any pass rush moves, just tries to out-muscle you. Justin (Warren) tries to speed rush, you know, he just tries to beat you with his speed. Me, I can do it all. I can bull rush you, beat you with my speed and I got a few moves too.
IT: Well, what about the kid (Chris Harrington) from St. Pius Christian?
TC: Oh yeah, he's good too. I mean, he's a good player from a small school and I didn't really expect him to be as good. He impressed me...he's going to be a good player.
IT: I'm going to give you four categories and you plug in the coach that best suits the description. I want to know who was the nicest, coolest, smartest and the most fiery.
TC: Okay, the nicest was Mack Brown. The coolest was Coach McCrary. Smartest? That would have to be Coach Akina. And the most fiery was the defensive tackles coach (Mike Tolleson). I mean, that guy is crazy... He was cool too. He was very good at motivating us.
IT: What stood out about the Texas camp?
TC: First-class facilities...everything down there is first-class. And the camp was run really well. And I thought I did real well. We did a lot of defensive end drills and did some running off-and-on.
IT: What was you impression of the LSU camp and who were the big-name recruits you worked out with?
TC: The LSU camp? It was a real hard camp, it was like two-a-days or something. And then they (LSU coaches) had me doing linebacker drills, like I was a linebacker or something. And there were two guys named Will Paul and Stanley McClover. The coaches had them doing linebacker drills with me and we were just looking around at each other...you know, we couldn't understand why (LSU coaches) had us playing linebacker. And everyone around there was just so serious, I mean, they have got to be the most serious coaches I have seen. The Texas camp was serious and fun at the same time, but the LSU camp was nothing but serious.
IT: You said that Oklahoma still calls trying to get you to break your commitment from the Horns. And you said that you've told OU you like Texas and you're not going anywhere else. That said, who is the coach from OU that continues to call and why do you think he hasn't given up yet?
TC: Bobby Jack Wright, I mean he just won't stop calling. This is the area he recruits and so he just keeps calling. I think the reason for it is my parents went with me on my trip to Oklahoma and they really loved it up there, so I guess they thought I was going to go there.
IT: Why do you think Texas has had trouble beating OU?
TC: I don't really know. It's like they (Texas) get nervous or they don't have the right mindset. I think OU wanted it more, but that's going to change when I get to Texas.
IT: Are you a guy who likes to talk smack on the field during the course of a football game or are you the quiet-type?
TC: At first, I'm quiet. Up until I lay that first lick, I'm quiet. But after that, I get fired up and everyone else does too. When I got everyone around me fired up, then I feed off that throughout the game. So, you could say I like to talk a lot on the field. You know, I'm a smaller version of Cory Redding and I do my part. I'm a talker, but I can back it up. I don't see anything wrong with that, but you better be able to back it up.
IT: Finally, good luck against Tyler Lee. And with you and Justin Warren being cross-town rivals, who's better?
TC: Well, that's something for you guys to decide. I will say this, I'm having the better season right now.
John Tyler and Tyler Lee squared off for the second time this season Friday. For more information about Crowder, check out the feature article in the December issue of the Inside Texas magazine.
Stacey Dean covered recruiting in the state of Texas for Horns Illustrated before joining Inside Texas. His prospect updates will appear frequently on InsideTexas.com.