Crowder enjoys Clemson visit


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Tyrone Crowder Tyrone Crowder
Offensive Guard
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’s official visit to Clemson went off without a hitch, and his older brother told TigerNet Saturday evening that the entire family got a real taste of life in Clemson.

Crowder is the 4-star offensive guard out of Rockingham (NC) Richmond County who has narrowed his collegiate choices to just two schools – Georgia and Clemson – and will make his decision known on National Signing Day.

He was supposed to visit Clemson last weekend, but an illness in the family postponed the family taking in Tigertown until this weekend – they arrived Friday evening and left late Saturday afternoon.

Crowder’s older brother, Charles McManus, told TigerNet the visit was everything the family had hoped for.

“It was a really good visit. My mom was very pleased,” McManus said as the family traveled home. “My mom is a quiet person, and she likes me to do a lot of the talking. But our ten year old brother he stole the show. He was the real superstar of the visit. They ate him up, and my mom liked that a lot, how friendly they were and how genuine they were. The coaching staff was genuine and so was the Tiger Pride staff.”

McManus said the coaches didn’t sugarcoat anything or make any promises, something he appreciated.

“There was no sugar coating, which was a big thing for me,” he said. “We have been to different places where they tell you how good everything is and how great everything will be. Clemson told Tyrone that it will be hard, not easy. They said, ‘You have resources, but we are not going to put skates on you and push you around.’ I am hard on Tyrone, so that was good to hear that they are going to make him work.”

The family arrived late Friday, had dinner with the coaches and player hosts, and Crowder’s family got to reconnect with Stephone Anthony, who served as Crowder’s player host.

“We moved to Greer when Tyrone was in middle school, and he was in middle school and ninth grade in Greer,” he said. “But before that we lived in Anson County (NC), and we lived in the same apartment complex as Stephone. So Tyrone knows Stephone pretty well. All of the coaches and their wives and Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins were there – it was a good dinner and a good way to start things out.”

The family went to check into the hotel, and Crowder went to hang out with the Clemson players.

“He got to go to the player’s apartments and hang out with those guys,” McManus said. “I got in Stephone’s ear, and told him to tell Tyrone what life in college is really like, away from the glitz and glam. That was more important to me – I wanted him to have a real-life look at it. That was a good connecting point. It was good to hear him say that he was comfortable.”

Saturday, the family took the grand tour of the Clemson campus.

“We toured the facilities, the stadium, saw Howard’s Rock, the weight rooms and training rooms and the new indoor practice facility,” he said. “That new indoor practice facility was awesome, and I think that will be a big advantage for Clemson.”

Before the family departed, Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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had an exit interview with Crowder and his brother.

“He told us he had some great expectations of Tyrone if he goes to Clemson,” McManus said. “I have to give Tyrone credit, but he has a good balance of both athletics and academics. He has a lot of room to grow, and he is very humble and coachable. He is a pretty smart kid, and he likes to do well. Coach Swinney told Tyrone he has high expectations for him to come in and be a leader in his class. It was great to hear that they aren’t going to hold his hand and pacify him – they want to make him into a man.”

McManus said he is pretty sure Crowder thinks Clemson is a place he could call home.

“With Tyrone, it is tough to tell, but if he tells me he feels comfortable, that is a big indicator,” he said. “I know Tyrone likes Clemson, and unless something changes he could still be leaning that way. I still think he really wants to look at Georgia, but Clemson was a great visit. I haven’t really heard from Georgia about a visit – we have heard from Oregon and the Clemson coaches have been reaching out to me.”

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