Cromartie has speed to burn

One of the fastest players at the So Cal Combine held a couple of weeks ago was Compton WR Fred Cromartie (6-1, 175). He dominated in the one-on-ones using both his speed and quickness to get behind defenders. caught up with him and he talked about his journey to the west coast and what schools he's getting the most interest from this early in the recruiting cycle.

Cromartie posted outstanding numbers at the combine held at Cerritos College the first weekend of May, posting a blistering 4.29 forty time (tying him for the best time), a 41-inch vertical and he put up 15 reps of 185 pounds on the bench.

"I pulled my hamstring a couple of weeks ago, so today was a bad day for me," Cromartie, who is the cousin of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Antonio Cromartie, said with a smile.

Cromartie enjoyed a stellar prep career at Talahassee Godby High School in Florida, but grades kept him from realizing his goal of signing a D-1 scholarship offer.

"I was up at Vermilion in Minnesota in 2006 and we won a national championship, but last year I sat out because I broke my foot and I wanted to keep a year of eligibility," Cromartie said. " I redshirted, but it was a medical redshirt, so I can get a year back.

"I felt like I did all I could up there, so I moved out here to play against the best competition and that's out here in California."

On the recruiting front, schools are still trying to find him again, after moves the past two seasons, but he's been hearing from a few four-year programs.

"Florida International just called me really recently," Cromartie said. "Oregon and Arizona State both have been in contact and asked for my film and transcripts, so I have to send that stuff off."

Cromartie could graduate this summer and would be eligible to play this fall for a school, but his expectation is that he will play for Compton this fall and then sign in December and he'll have three years to play two when he arrives on campus.

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