2014 LB Kevin Crosby loading up on offers

Sophomore Kevin Crosby (Bamberg, S.C./Bamberg-Ehrhardt) already from teams like South Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC, Virginia Tech, Florida, and a couple dozen more.

“I never thought it would happen this fast, this quick” Crosby said. “Never.”

Only 15 years old, Crosby will have his 16th birthday in late May. And he will go into the summer as one of the country’s most sought after recruits, regardless of class. Last season, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound recruit had 36 receptions for 784 yards as a tight end. He also racked up 58 tackles and two interceptions on defense.

“Anywhere you put me I am going to play at 100 percent,” Crosby said. “I go out there and try and be the best. I am just a football player. As a linebacker, it’s pretty simple, I just run after the ball and knock them out. I can attack the quarterback from my outside linebacker position and even drop into coverage. On offense, I am a good tight end. I can move the chains and pick up that first down and can score in the red zone.”

South Carolina was the first school to offer Crosby while LSU was his last. The in-state Clemson Tigers have also extended him a scholarship and he feels good with both local programs.

“The location of both Clemson and South Carolina is good for me,” Crosby said. “I have friends at both places and good relationships with each staff. I do feel comfortable at both schools.”

Crosby has been to junior days at Clemson and South Carolina as well as Alabama. His trip to Tuscaloosa was a memorable one.

“Alabama was great, especially meeting all the coaches and spending some time with them,” Crosby said. “Sitting down with coach [Nick] Saban was a big deal. It was one-on-one with him, me, my dad and uncle. He offered and spoke about the expectations of playing at Alabama.”

On Friday, Crosby will make a trip to Athens and check out Georgia. The Bulldogs are one of the few programs that have not offered him yet.

“That’s the one I am missing,” Crosby said. “That’s the one I am hoping for. I am really looking forward to this visit.

“I know I also want to check out North Carolina and maybe Oklahoma this summer. Right now I am open and I want to explore around.”

In the end, Crosby will likely be in the position to name his school. He’s getting a head start and seeing some places. And he knows exactly what he’s looking for.

“I want to be in a conference with challenging games,” Crosby said. “I want to feel comfortable with the coaches and players. I want to go to a school with great academics. And I want to play for coaches that stay on me on all the time. I want to be pushed. I want to become a great player.”