Coach's son next in a long line of Bamberg prospects

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Bamberg-Ehrhardt head coach Kevin Crosby Kevin Crosby
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Bamberg, SC

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has had to deal with several big time prospects over the years, and has helped send players like Ricky Sapp and Da’Quan Bowers into the collegiate ranks and ultimately the NFL.

As a result, he knows how to deal with college coaches and recruiters – unless it has to do with his son and namesake.

In the case of rising sophomore Kevin "KC" Crosby, a 2014 prospect who could player linebacker or tight end on the next level, he lets another member of the family handle the recruiting.

“I deal with the coaches somewhat, but I let my brother coordinate all of the recruiting,” the coach told TigerNet this week. “For Kevin, I don’t treat him any different than I have any other kid that I’ve had. He still goes through the process, and he still has to prove himself like any other kid.”

Crosby said that he tells his players – he also has defensive line recruit Martin Aiken Martin Aiken
Defensive Line
6-3, 240
Bamberg, SC

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on his roster –that they have to concentrate on high school before they worry about college.

“We are hard on all of them,” he said. “We don’t treat them any different than the next kid. That’s just what we do in Bamberg. We don’t want them out worrying about recruiting; we want them to worry about our program. If we worry about that, then we don’t win and we won't be here anyway. We do what we have to do to keep the program afloat.”

The younger Crosby was visited by Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele last week, who had an offer for a freshman, an offer that his father says was the result of his son giving up baseball.

“When he was in middle school, we started looking at him and saying he might have a chance,” Crosby said. “But he played baseball in the rec league, and he spent a lot of time doing that and he didn’t get into the weight room like he should have. Once he gave up baseball, he dedicated himself in the weight room and I started seeing him more out on the track.

“He got his speed down this year. Last year, he was running a 5.2 40-yard dash, and now he is down in the 4.7 range. He got so much faster and stronger, and it was over this past offseason when he really started getting noticed. He knows he is heading in the right direction to get to the next level, but he still has a lot of work to do.”

Crosby already carries 226 pounds on his 6-2 frame, and he recorded 78 tackles and six sacks as an inside linebacker last season. He also caught 14 passes for 348 yards and four scores as a tight end on offense, but his coach and dad says he will be a linebacker on the next level.

“I tell everybody that he is going to play inside linebacker before all is said and done,” he said. “He could even wind up playing defensive end or tight end because he catches the ball so well. He has great hands and runs really well. He could play anywhere from tight end to linebacker to defensive end.”

Crosby said his son loves Clemson, but it is way too early in the process for him to have a leader.

“He doesn’t have any favorites right now,” he said. “He is open to everybody and he is enjoying the excitement. We haven’t really sat down and talked about anything. I am just letting him know he has to work hard and hopefully he will find the school that is right for him.”

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