That a recruiting battle between Ohio State and Penn State over the services of a kid in the Old Line State bounced the Buckeyes’ Way is interesting. Maryland is a faithful pipeline to Happy Valley. The in-state Terrapins are uncompetitive and the only other presence regionally is Virginia Tech. Penn State invests heavily in Maryland recruits to the point where Maryland can probably be considered an annex of the Keystone State. Further, Larry Johnson Sr. — Penn State’s recruiting ace — is largely responsible for recruiting the state. Johnson threw in the kitchen sink to get a commitment to add to an otherwise very light 2011 recruiting class that has just four members so far. Coordination problems are rumored to be plaguing Penn State’s staff this recruiting campaign, to the point where the assistants can’t agree who to offer and who to recruit. Crowell was one such target, it appears, and was getting the overtures that Larry Johnson, Sr. gives out. Further, Andre Dupree, a fullback at Penn State, went to the same high school as Crowell, adding to the pressure.
“I just felt like I needed to be different. A lot of people around here just get that Penn State offer and go to Penn State. I wanted to be one of the first to go to Ohio State and to make a difference.”
However, Fickell, who recruited Crowell and will be his future position coach, came hard as well. With Ohio State’s class just about full, the coaching staff can lock on their remaining targets and keep in frequent contact as well. It paid off for a happy Jim Tressel.
“The first person I told was coach Tressel, he was very excited to have me commit,” Crowell said. “He said I’ve got what they’re looking for, family-wise and academic-wise and of course football-wise. They’re just really excited to have me this year, and I’m excited to be there.”
Crowell ultimately chose between Ohio State and Penn State, but had other options. Stanford was under strong consideration until late in the game. Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia and several others offered as well. Crowell is a nice pick-up, the first linebacker in the class. The coaching staff is interested in potentially adding another as well. They remain in contact with Anthony Wallace (Dallas, TX) and Ejuan Price (Pittsburgh, PA).
Film is below.