March 5, 2010

Hokies offer regional lineman

Virginia Tech is the latest team to offer a regional lineman. The Hokies pulled the trigger a week ago after the prospect took a visit a couple weeks back.

"Virginia Tech offered me last week on Friday after I got back from my visit to Duke," Bristol (Tenn.) Tennessee offensive center Mack Crowder said. "Right now I have to weigh all the schools and see what they have to offer. Virginia Tech definitely has a lot to offer me. They have a good athletic program and academics. It's something I'm looking for in a school and they are also two hours away, it's convenient for us, so they are looking really good."

Crowder visited the Hokies a couple weeks back before pulling the scholarship.

"That was about two weeks ago on Thursday," he stated. "The visit went really well. Coach Wiles walked us around and showed us everything. He showed us their facilities and I sat down with their counselor who went over all their requirements and stuff like that. What really stuck out and surprised me from the visit was how much help the football players get with their schoolwork.

"I also did sit down with the offensive line coach. He told me it was looking real good for me. It was a real nice campus and I liked everything about the trip."

The 6-fot-4, 270-pound lineman holds three offers at this time, the other two coming from Duke and Vanderbilt in the past two weeks as well. Crowder has visited all three offers already.

"I went to Vanderbilt's VIP day and it was good. I went to a basketball game," he said. "Then I went to Duke last Friday when they offered. I watched practice and I love the coaches there. They are all great guys and I like how they practice too. I think they are going to start winning football games. I really enjoyed my visit there and they have great academics with the athletics."

More visits are coming for the lineman who plans to head to Virginia this weekend followed by Marshall in the near future.

As his recruitment continues to develop, Crowder is looking for a few things in his future home.

"The big thing for me is where they'll put me after college," he said. "It's a five-year decision and that's pretty big. I definitely want to look at where they set me after and all three of the schools so far set me up great as I'm looking at business management.

"All three of the schools to date aren't too far from home and they are in the south. That's not a big deal, but I think it might be easier on me my freshman year since it's not too far. I think both of my brothers who went to Princeton and Cornell struggled by being that far away from home."

Crowder is being recruited as a center for the Hokies along with both the Blue Devils and Commodores.

"I've centered my whole life, but it's not a big deal. I did play guard my sophomore year and as long as I stay inside I'm alright."

Crowder has an impressive 3.9 GPA.

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