“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.”
Crowder is an athletic guard with some serious punch as a blocker. He plays a bit high, technically, but he’s got a mauler’s ability and can knock a rushing defender on his backside with little to no effort expended. At 6’2″, 325, he’s already a physical specimen, but would likely benefit from a strength program that helps him build up his legs and gives him more power from underneath as he will likely be facing faster, stronger, and more physically gifted defensive lineman at the next level—as of now, Crowder relies on brut strength to win most battles, and he hasn’t come up against too many who can mount a serious challenge.
The main question will be whether Georgia has stepped up the game in their recruitment of him.
As of now, Clemson still appears to be the team to beat as they have pursued him the harder of the two and hold the small advantage of being close to his former home of Greer, SC.
To this point, Georgia has appeared willing to be patient in waiting for offensive line commits—one in particular, Laremy Tunsil—and as numbers are beginning to tighten (Georgia currently has 30 commitments, but could sign as many as 34-36) with prospects like Toby Johnson, Alvin Kamara, Montravius Adams, Laremy Tunsil, and Reuben Foster all still in play, you’d have to figure that Georgia won’t be taking too many guys on if it means they’ll potentially miss out on another. And you can be certain that Georgia would take any one of those five remaining guys in a heartbeat.
So, where then does a kid like Crowder fall on the Bulldogs’ priority list? Is he a taker, no matter what, or is the interest more one-sided at the moment because of the waiting game the Bulldogs are having to play with the aforementioned players?
Crowder has stated that he won’t likely make a decision until National Signing Day—coincidentally, that is when a number of the other guys mentioned will likely announce as well—so if one or more of those guys decides to go to another program, that would leave the door open for Crowder…if he’s still interested at that time. However, you have to know that a player of Crowder’s caliber won’t have to wait around if he doesn’t want to and Georgia will certainly have to be certain of others in order to miss the ball on one.