November 5, 2010
Is Crowell in for '11?
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Could the run on the final five or six spots in the class of 2011 for the Buckeyes be on? Waldorf (Md.) North Point linebacker Conner Crowell surprised many by picking the Buckeyes over the Nittany Lions on Friday night before his game to secure his spot in the class and brought the numbers up to 18 for the Buckeyes.
The 6-foot-1, 215 pound backer held double digit offers but eventually narrowed the list down to three schools and then after dropping Stanford widdled it down to two spots with the Buckeyes coming out victorious for the three star defender. Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell ran point on this recruitment but it has to be considered a team win for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State stayed on top of this recruitment and had to outduel Larry Johnson from Penn State who has had a knack in closing on kids out of the state of Maryland. Crowell admitted in earlier interviews that he really enjoyed the, 'great family-life and academics' at Ohio State and felt that he would be a 'great fit' athletically with his athletic abilities.
Crowell is the first linebacker to commit to the class of 2011 and there could still be room for one more linebacker with no less than three targets still on the board. But that means little at this point and it is time for Crowell to celebrate having finished the process and now knowing where he will suit up in 2011.
The new Buckeye made his official visit to Ohio State to check out the win against the Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes and left with a very favorable impression of the Buckeyes. Despite some close moments with a strong visit to Happy Valley the Buckeyes were always going to be a tough team to beat and Ohio State was able to capitalize.
We will catch up with Crowell later to talk about his decision but at this time he has a game to worry about.
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