Football recruiting happens in different ways for high school prospects. Many receive offers quickly while others must sit and wait. Crenshaw (Ca) defensive tackle Ahmir Crowder is one of those guys that has flown under the radar but things have changed.
Vanderbilt officially extended an offer to Crowder last night and the 6'3 280 pound lineman couldn't be more excited about landing his 1st college offer but is also blessed to have it come from a school in the Southeastern Conference
"It feels so good to say I have a college now and I'm excited that it came from Vanderbilt," said Crowder. "The SEC is a big time conference for football, so to have Vanderbilt come offering me tells me that I am good enough to play at the highest level. This feels great to get my 1st offer. I am excited to see where things go now."
Crowder began his relationship with the Vanderbilt coaching staff over two weeks ago and the two parties have remained in touch since. The 6'3 280 pound lineman jumped onto the Commodores radar after evaluating his film and seeing a big guy in the trenches who could move and push the pile with ease.
Vanderbilt defensive line coach C.J. Ah You is Crowder's main recruiting coach and was the guy who extended the offer to the Los Angeles area tackle. Crowder likes what Coach Ah You is selling to him about Vanderbilt and he has plans to eventually make his way to Nashville for a visit.
"I don't know a whole lot about Vanderbilt but from talking with Coach Ah You, it appears to be a great place where you can compete against the best on the football field but also receive a great education," Crowder said. "I do know about Vanderbilt being a great academic school and my education is important to me. I have also heard a lot about the city of Nashville and how great of a place it is. I don't have any plans set right now but I definitely want to visit Nashville and Vanderbilt at some point. I am already excited about this offer from Vanderbilt and their interest in me, so you can bet that you will see me down south at some point in my recruitment."
While Vanderbilt was the first school to show interest and offer Crowder, they surely won't be the last.
The Commodores might of become the first to offer but that doesn't mean they will carry weight in the recruitment of Crowder because he has an open mind to all schools and doesn't want to place labels on any programs interested in him.
Even though Crowder plans to keep an open mind to all schools, he admits that Vanderbilt is the lone school to be in contact with him and he has no idea who could show interest next.
"This whole recruiting thing is brand new to me, so I honestly don't know how to feel about certain things right now. I think I need to take a serious look into all schools that will eventually recruit me because I will need to make the best decision for me, when it comes time to do so. Even though Vanderbilt was the first school to offer me, that won't put them ahead of any other school. Now it does hold some weight with me that they were the first program to show interest in me but I am going to keep an open mind to everybody."
"Right now, Vanderbilt is the only school to reach out and show interest in me. I have actually not talked to any other schools at this point, so Vanderbilt being there and being interested, does make me think highly of them. I am looking forward to continuing my relationship with the coaches there and learning more about them. I will also be patient waiting to see what happens with my recruitment but you can bet that Vanderbilt will remain in the thick of things for me."