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Crowder looking forward to this weekend's trip to Clemson


  by - Staff Writer - Thursday, January 10, 2013 12:32 PM
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The recruiting process can be long and tiring, but it is quickly coming to an end for one of North Carolina’s top offensive linemen.

Four-star offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder Tyrone Crowder
Offensive Guard
6-2, 315
Rockingham, NC

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out of Rockingham (NC) Richmond County is ready to finalize his recruitment with trips to his top two schools- Clemson and Georgia.

Charles McManus, Crowder’s older brother, told TigerNet that he wanted Crowder to get the full experience of the recruiting process, but that he is happy it is finally coming to an end.

“I think he is ready,” McManus told TigerNet Tuesday evening. “I think he is finally tired of the recruiting process and I have been tired of it for him. But I wanted him to get the full experience. “

Crowder will visit Clemson this weekend, and McManus said that Crowder is looking forward to establishing a connection with the Clemson players and trying to make Clemson home.

“He is looking forward to seeing if Clemson will feel like home and see if he has the proper support there,” he said. “He has talked to me a lot about the facilities, but he is most looking forward to seeing if he can make that connection to where he feels mostly at home. I think he is just looking forward to seeing if he can create that mindset to feel at home at Clemson. Once he feels at home he will make the decision.”

Crowder will be accompanied by his entire family, but McManus said that he is looking to interact with the coaches and make sure his younger brother will be taken care of.

“I know my mom and my wife and two brothers, we will be there,” he said. “My mom is looking forward to talking to the coaches and to see who would be teaching Tyrone and so am I. I am Tyrone’s older brother but I am more of older brother-father figure, and I also want to know who will teach him and how they push the kids. I know Clemson suspended a couple of kids for not abiding by the rules, and I appreciate that, Tyrone is a really quiet kid who doesn’t find trouble, but he turns into someone else out on the football field.”

Crowder has narrowed his choices down to Clemson and Georgia; however, McManus said Clemson has the advantage because of how hard the coaches are recruiting his younger sibling.

“I think Clemson to be quite candid, because his top two schools are Clemson and Georgia, but he hears the most from the Clemson coaches,” he said. “They have had contact whenever they can with the family and with Tyrone. Clemson has a strong advantage at this point in my mind. I think Tyrone still wants to give Georgia a look and I am good with that.”


McManus credits offensive line coach Robbie CaldwellRobbie Caldwell
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and defensive tackles coach Dan BrooksDan Brooks
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with maintaining a relationship with Crowder and his entire family.

“Between Coach Brooks and Robbie Caldwell, he has a great relationship with them,” he said. “I think he has spoken to Coach Swinney a couple of times, but he has a great relationship with both of those guys. Maybe more with Coach Caldwell because he is the offensive line coach, but he has a great relationship with all of them.”

The ceremonial end to the recruiting process is selecting the hat of the school in which a recruit will attend, and according to McManus that’s a tradition Crowder will continue.

“He wants to wait until February 6th and put on the hat,” McManus said.



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