OL Crowder is close to naming finalists

A recent visit to North Carolina could land the Tar Heels on Tyrone Crowder's soon-to-be-announced list of finalists.

The center from Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond told ESPN on Friday that he is close to narrowing his list of schools. He said that announcement could come in the next couple of days or within a week.

“I can't say but they have a good chance,” the nation's 97th best overall prospect and second-best center said when asked if he expected North Carolina to make the cut.

Yet Crowder spoke glowingly about last week's visit to Chapel Hill. He also seemed impressed with the new coaching staff led by Larry Fedora.

“I had one visit with the old coaching staff,” Crowder said. “To compare to this one, I think they're changing a lot of stuff. I like what they're doing. I think some changes are going to be made and the program is going to turn out good.”

When asked what changes he expected specifically, Crowder said he expects more authority and an enhanced family atmosphere. He's also growing more familiar with Fedora's offense.

“They said it's going to be a fast-paced offense,” Crowder said. “It's going to be a good offense.”

Crowder might need to take another trip to Chapel Hill to be fully informed. While he toured the campus on his recent visit, he wasn't able to inspect the dorms as current students were moving out following a summer session. Still, he said he enjoyed the visit and got to meet with a UNC academic adviser.

Crowder has also visited Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, Auburn and Duke this summer. He also visited other schools during the spring, including Florida.

“I want to try to get it narrowed down at least before school,” Crowder said, referring to his list of finalists. “I have a pretty good idea (who will be on the list) but I'm not really saying right now.”

That will be changing soon.