Player Spotlight: Jarred Crump

Jarred Crump is coming off a nice junior showing for the Bears of Bartram Trail High School. Located in St. John's County, Fla. near St. Augustine, the Bears went 7-4 in 2010 in Florida's 3A classification. Crump was a big part of the Bears' success, leading the team in receiving yards. The Sunshine State prospect talked Wake Forest and more..

"My route running and my speed improved," said Jarred Crump. "I use my hands and my size well and go up and get a ball."

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver had 34 receptions for 685 yards and 11 touchdowns and a blocked kick. He was named 3rd team All-County, and 1st team All-District and All-conference in 2010. He recently collected his 11th offer.

"It was a month before spring ball when Troy University offered me," said Crump. "My most recent offer came from Cincinnati. This weekend I'm going with my Dad to a camp at East Carolina. We're going to look at some of the other Carolina schools while we're there like UNC, Duke, N.C. State, and Wake Forest."

The Demon Deacon staff offered two Bartram Trail guys in Crump and quarterback Nathan Peterman. The pair is being recruited by Wake Forest by Tom Elrod, the passing game co-coordinator, a native of Winter Park, Fla.

"Wake Forest offered a little before spring," said Crump. "All I've heard are great things about the program. They offer strong academic programs and have a beautiful campus. I've talked about them with a few players who went there. They're definitely a possibility."

Crump was pulled up from JV in his freshman season at Bartram Trail during a 2-8 season. He became a starter as a sophomore, and the Bears improved to 5-6. The team took another leap forward last season by going 7-4. They lost in the first round to area rival, St. Augustine. They lost to the St. Augustine Yellow Jackets by 17 early in the year, but by only a point in their playoff match-up to illustrate their improvement. Crump had two catches for 62 yards in the game.

"I want to do my part to help the team go to state," said Crump on the upcoming season. "I didn't play any other sports in the off-season. I've been catching balls with my quarterback, working on my route running, and will be going to some 7-on-7's with my team over the summer."

Crump attended Junior Day events at Alabama, Florida State, and South Carolina in the spring. His BCS offers include Duke, Cincinnati, North Carolina State, West Virginia, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. Other offers have come from Florida International, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Miss, and Troy.

"It's still very broad, I guess, in terms of favorites," said Crump. "After the summer camps, I hope to narrow it down. I'll probably wait until the end of the season to make my decision. I'm looking at the school's academic reputation, the campus environment, and the coaches.

"I want to play for coaches who I've bonded with and on the same page with how I fit into the program. I'd like to be in an offense that throws the ball a lot. I'll talk with the current players and see how the depth chart looks at wide receiver. I want to be somewhere I'm comfortable since I'll be there for four years."

Crump reports a 36.3 best vertical leap. He has good "up-the-line" speed and has run the 40 in less than 4.6. He wears jersey No. 5 for the Bears.

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