Linebacker remains uncommitted

Although Wake Forest fans suffered a disappointment this week when highly-rated athlete Ryan Switzer committed to North Carolina, all is not lost at George Washington High School in Charleston, W. Va. Read the latest news here...

Dustin Crouser, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound inside linebacker remains uncommitted and is high on the Demon Deacon program.

"I'm not sure if you can call it an offer but when I was there for Junior Day Coach Galloway told me he wanted me on the [Wake Forest] team," said Dustin Crouser. "I loved the campus. The coaches all made me feel like I was at home. Coach Knorr got to see me play at the prospect camp I went to last summer. On the visit he said he would love the opportunity to coach me someday."

Although he has not received an official offer, Crouser says he's been hearing from West Virginia, Marshall, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Kentucky. They're all also a new batch of schools who have started showing interest Crouser plans on visiting soon.

"This month I'll be visiting Ohio, UNC [North Carolina], UVA [Virginia], and I want to make another trip to Wake Forest to watch a spring practice," Crouser said.

"I think summer is when things will pick up for me with offers. I'll be traveling with my team to some Passing 7-on-7s at Penn State, UVA, Marshall, and UNC, so that will give me another opportunity to display my talent in front of college coaches."

Crouser was named First Team All-State (West Virginia Class AAA) as a junior leading the team to a 13-1 record and state runner-up finish.

"I play middle linebacker for my high school," Crouser stated. "Last season I had 140 tackles on defense. On offensive I play fullback. I had 90 carries for 500 yards and eight touchdowns.

"The speed I have for someone my size is probably my biggest asset. I'm all over the field and can also drop back and cover people. My best game probably was against Bridgeport in the semifinals. They ran the ball a lot, and I ended up with 24 tackles.

"My goal next year is get over the hump and finally win a state title. We get close every year but seem to find a way to lose."

Unfortunately for Crouser the George Washington Patriots basketball team, on which he plays power forward, also lost in the state final game. He was Third Team All-State and averaged 12 points-per-game and eight rebounds-per-game. Crouser was on the basketball team that did win state as a sophomore, but hasn't found that level of team success on the gridiron thus far.

Crouser says another Patriot player to keep an eye on is Trevon Johnson, a linebacker who was recently was named to the All-Combine Team.

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