Jacksonville Corner Commits to the Tigers
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Defensive back Brandon Croley of First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Fla. has committed to the Clemson football program, according to reports in today's Florida Times-Union.
Croley (6-foot, 185 pounds), who made 68 tackles as a safety last season, is being moved to cornerback for his senior year.
"He'll be an impact player in college, I believe," Bucs coach Marty Lee told the newspaper. "He's not quite as fast as the Carter kid at Mandarin [top cornerback prospect Tony Carter], but he's bigger and very aggressive."
Crowley has been clocked at 4.49 in the 40-yard dash.
Already eligible under NCAA guidelines, Croley chose Clemson over Auburn, Wake Forest and Central Florida, among others. One reason, he said, is the opportunity to play immediately.
"It's a chance to play quickly, and the conference is really improved now," Croley told the paper. I love that I'll get a chance to play against Miami and play for a national title."
Another reason for Croley's committment, according to the paper, is the fact that he comes from a military family and there is a possibility his father could be transferred to Virginia. If that happens, playing at Clemson will keep Croley closer to home.
Other recent Tigers from the Jacksonville area.
- Kevin Youngblood WR Raines HS
- Eric Sampson LB White HS
- Gerald McCloud WR Arlington Country Day HS
- Tavaghn Monts ROV Ribault HS
- Jamaal Fudge CB White HS
- Darrell Crutchfield CB Raines
- Rod Gardner WR Raines
2004 Reported Commitments
1 DT Cory Groover 6-3, 282 Summit, MS
2 LB Courtney Vincent 6-1, 220 Allendale, SC
3 OL Bobby Hutchinson 6-4, 270 Crawfordville, FL
4 OL Taylor Tremel 6-4, 260 Lake Mary, FL
5 DT Shukree Barfield 6-4, 290 Camden, NJ
6 DB Brandon Croley 6-0, 180 Jacksonville, FL