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Tyrone Crowder set to visit Florida

3/13/2012

At 6-foot-2 and 310 pounds, Tyrone Crowder could play a number of positions.

Defensive tackle and offensive tackle are certainly possibilities. However, Crowder wants to play offense and inside.

“I'll play guard,” the Watch List prospect from Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond Senior High School said. “Really just fits my body. I think guard is a good place for me. I like pulling, coming off the ball and hitting people."

Crowder shared his position preference during a Nike combine in Charlotte last weekend. It's a little unusual for an offensive line prospect to prefer playing guard to tackle, which is often considered the preferred position. Crowder, however, doesn't fall in line with that traditional thinking.

He said he likes to come off the line of scrimmage and hit people as well as pull and deliver hits outside of the tackle box.

With dozens of scholarship offers, Crowder doesn't seem close to announcing his decision but he said if he feels the need, he's willing to make an early announcement.

He'll visit Florida on April 6.

“If I feel like (I know) what school I'm ready to go to, I'll make my decision then,” he said.

Crowder said he is planning more trips this spring. He said he's looking for a good campus lifestyle and a great football program. He said he's not worried about distance from home in his chosen school.

If the Gators can land him, it would be the second top-flight offensive linemen Florida has nabbed from North Carolina in two years. The Gators secured offensive tackle D.J. Humphries from Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek in the 2012 class.

Miller Safrit contributed to this report.