Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Two stand out for Nevada OL Crosby
By Brandon P. Oliver
One of the first offers issued by the Oregon Ducks for the Class of 2014 perfectly demonstrates the Oregon staff's ability to identify targets that are less than household names. The Ducks have been first when it comes to offering a number of recruits who weren't previously being pursued by many programs.
Nowhere have they been better than this than where it really matters. Ducks' offensive line coach Steve Greatwood has done a masterful job throughout his career at identifying under-the-radar prospects. Greatwood is at it again in the Class of 2014, as an Oregon offer propelled the recruitment of one of the top OL prospects in the west.
The Ducks were the first BCS program to offer OL Tyrell Crosby (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley), and they certainly weren't the last. They could however remain the team to beat throughout his recruitment. Crosby has two schools, including the Ducks, at the top in the early stages.
"I'd say that Oregon and Utah are tied at the top for me right now," Crosby said. "Both schools have great programs and a lot to offer."
Crosby was still in Utah after taking an unofficial trip to the Utes' Salt Lake City campus during his spring break, when he broke down why Utah is competing with the Ducks as the front runners in his recruitment.
"I have a lot of family out in the area, so Utah has always been a program I have liked," Crosby said. "The visit was great. I got to meet some professors and check out the campus and the facilities."
As someone that wants to pursue a degree in business, meeting potential professors and checking out the entire campus in addition to the football facilities is very important to Crosby, who will visit Oregon in two weeks.
"I want to major in business, so I wanted to get an idea of what it would be like to be a student at Utah," Crosby said. "I'll be at Oregon in two weeks, and I look forward to doing the same thing up there."
After seeing everything at Utah and meeting most of the Utes' staff, Crosby feels good about everything the Utes have to offer.
"Coach [Jay] Hill is the main guy recruiting me, and we have a pretty good relationship," Crosby said. "We talk a lot. He came down to check out one of my basketball games this year, so our relationship is pretty strong."
With Utah having the family advantage and having had the chance to make a first impression, where does that leave Oregon in the race for the rising star?
"I have a good relationship with Coach Greatwood also," Crosby said. "I don't really know the rest of the staff at Oregon, so the visit up there will give me a good chance to meet everyone else."
Since Oregon offered Crosby, Boise State, Colorado, Oregon State, Utah and Washington have followed suit, but the Ducks and Utes look to have a big advantage over the rest of the field. Crosby said he will have a good idea of what he wants to do after making the trip to Eugene later this month.
"It will be a good way for me to compare the two schools," Crosby said. "I might go up to Oregon's camp this summer, which would be another chance to check them out."