NCF On The Trail: Tyrone Crowder

Crowder's Clemson commit no surprise 

February, 6, 2013
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videoPerseverance paid off for Dabo Swinney and Clemson when it came to four-star guard Tyrone Crowder (Rockingham, N.C./Richmond).

The No. 125 prospect in the ESPN 150 committed to Clemson over Georgia on signing day. Crowder began hearing from the Clemson staff back during his freshman season. The 6-foot-1, 325-pound Under Armour All-American had offers from some of the country’s elite programs.

Crowder is only the second offensive lineman in the Tigers’ 2013 class.

-- Jared Shanker

What is the impact of Crowder's decision?

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NSD TV announcement schedule

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National signing day is just around the corner on Feb. 6. That day, a number of the nation’s top football recruits will announce their college destinations and 18 ESPN 300 prospects are scheduled to do so on ESPNU.

Below is the full schedule of announcements on ESPNU, which kicks off with the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, Robert Nkemdiche, making his long-awaited decision at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Note: All times are Eastern

#UAGame practice: Day 1 notebook 

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -– Team Nitro and Team Highlight took to the fields at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports on Monday for Day 1 of practice for Friday’s Under Armour All-America Game (5 p.m. ET, ESPN). Two powerhouse programs in the Southeastern Conference look to battle it out for one of the standout running backs, and one of the top uncommitted offensive linemen is out with an injury.

Tide and Dawgs at top for RB Kamara

The Under Armour All-America Game boasts a bevy of talented running backs, and after the first practice ESPN 150 prospect Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) drew comparisons to one of the best.

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comESPN 150 RB Alvin Kamara says Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon have been key to his recruiting process.
“They say I play like Percy Harvin,” Kamara said.

The 5-foot-10, 192-pound tailback has made a name for himself as a home-run threat out of the backfield or lined up in the slot, which makes it no surprise that programs across the country are pining for his commitment. Two from the SEC are in the lead.

“Alabama and Georgia are the front-runners, but I am still looking at Oregon -- and Tennessee too, with Butch Jones being there now,” Kamara said.

The nation's No. 4 running back has yet to set any official visits, but plans to do so after he gets home from the UA Game. A decision will likely come after his visits.

“This is not going to be a busy month so much as it is just something I need to buckle down and do,” Kamara said. “I am going to take these visits and base my decision off of that.”

One factor in his decision will be the relationship he has with the coaches recruiting him. The Tide could have a slight advantage because they made first contact with Kamara.

“Kirby Smart and I are really close,” Kamara said. “He was the first coach to ever talk to me. He snuck me his card after practice and I could not believe it. For a coach of his stature to be the first coach to talk to me is great. We have been in contact ever since, and we have a great relationship.”

Georgia might counter that with their running backs coach being Kamara’s recruiter of record.

“Coach [Bryan] McClendon and I have a great relationship too,” Kamara said. “With him being my position coach, I could see myself playing for him. We are on a friend level and we do not even talk about football most of the time.”

The in-state Bulldogs also have a few people in Kamara’s ear this week, though he admits they have been putting the pressure on him for quite some time.

“Even when we are not in a big event like this, guys like Shaq Wiggins, Brice Ramsey, even Reuben [Foster], even though he is not committed, are always asking where I am going,” Kamara said. “They are joking, but they are on me pretty hard sometimes.”

Newsworthy: OL Crowder deals with injury, sets officials

ESPN 150 offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder (Rockingham, N.C./Richmond) will be unable to play in Friday's UA Game after aggravating a hand injury he sustained a few weeks ago at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. While he is disappointed, Crowder said today he is looking forward to the home stretch of his recruitment and choosing from one of two programs.

“It is Clemson No. 1 and Georgia No. 2, and I will decide on signing day,” said Crowder, ranked the No. 2 OG in the country.

The Tigers have been after the 6-foot-1, 330-pound offensive lineman for more than three years now, and they have location and familiarity working in their favor.

“Clemson has been recruiting me since I was in ninth grade,” Crowder said. “I like what they have going on and I have built a strong relationship with them. It is close to home and I have some family close to Clemson. I will take my official there Jan. 11.”

Crowder has not been to Athens for six months, but he has fond memories of his visit.

“Georgia is a great powerhouse team in the SEC,” Crowder said. “When I went down there during the summer I really liked the campus and enjoyed meeting the coaches. I spoke to them two weeks ago and set an official visit Jan. 18.”

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Tyrone Crowder down to two 

December, 9, 2012
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Heading into the Shrine Bowl, the highest-ranked uncommitted prospect is Tyrone Crowder (Rockingham, N.C./Richmond Senior), and the four-star offensive guard prospect made waves by cutting his list of finalists from three down to two.

"I eliminated North Carolina from my final choices and right now Clemson and Georgia are my final two," said Crowder. "Clemson and Georgia have been recruiting me since my freshman year and we kinda built up that bond and relationship longer than UNC."

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Two lead for ESPN 150 Tyrone Crowder 

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ESPN 150 offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder (Rockingham, N.C./Richmond) would love to be able to get his recruitment over with as soon as possible. But unfortunately, he has not been able to fit any of his official visits into his schedule during his senior season. The 6-foot-2, 325-pound senior acknowledged his decision might not be made until signing day, depending on how quickly he can get his visits done.

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Scott Drucker/IntersportTyrone Crowder says two teams have taken the lead in his recruitment.
The four-star prospect says two key factors stand out right now, with location not being one of them.

“A great coaching staff and a nice campus lifestyle,” Crowder said. “My family tells me that distance does not matter when it comes to me trying to achieve my goals.”

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OL Tyrone Crowder likes UGA vibe 

July, 14, 2012
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Tyrone Crowder (Rockingham, N.C./Richmond), the No. 1 prospect in North Carolina, was in Athens Friday, but not for Dawg Night. The 6-foot-2, 325-pound offensive lineman target left in the afternoon to travel to Auburn, but his time on campus left a good impression on Crowder.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comESPN 150 lineman Tyrone Crowder visited UGA on Friday and said he felt wanted in Athens.
“My visit to Georgia was awesome,” Crowder said. “I got to talk to Coach [Mark] Richt, visit around the campus, and check out the dorms and academic center.”

The Under Armour All-American spent a lot of time with the Bulldogs’ head coach, and he had glowing things to say about both Richt and offensive line coach Will Friend.

“Coach Richt is a great coach and a great person,” Crowder said. “He told pretty much his life story and things about UGA. I enjoyed it. Coach Friend is a great, down to earth, upfront type of guy.”

The No. 97 prospect in the country left Athens with little doubt that he is wanted ‘between the hedges.’


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- ESPNU 150 Watch List defensive end Jonathan Allen (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) visited Florida on Saturday to watch the Gators' annual spring game.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker said the visit impressed him enough that he would like to return in the fall.

"I had a great time," Allen said. "It was a great atmosphere for a spring game. I definitely want to get back there for a game during the season."

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