Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we talk the latest with a 5-star athlete who’s strongly considering Alabama.
Quavaris Crouch‘s thoughts on Alabama
Quavaris Crouch is one of the most gifted players in the 2019 recruiting cycle — and one of Alabama’s top overall targets in the class. He rushed for 3,283 yards and 33 touchdowns last season as a full-time running back for Harding University High School (Charlotte, N.C.) and had 48 tackles and 14 sacks on defense as a part-time linebacker.
Every school recruiting Crouch is telling him that he has the opportunity to play both ways in college. Crouch knows that is mainly just a recruiting pitch that has little merit. There are very few players for elite programs who play on both offense and defense.
But as of now, Crouch, the nation’s No. 2 athlete in the 247Sports composite rankings, is leaning toward playing linebacker in college. The 5-star prospect believes he would excel as an outside linebacker because of his speed as a pass rusher and athleticism in coverage.
But the main reason why he’s leaning toward linebacker? Longevity. Running backs have the shortest average careers in the NFL, spanning just 2.57 years.
“I just want to make enough money to take care of my family,” Crouch told SEC Country’s Jeff Sentell at The Opening Charlotte regional on Sunday. “Running back — you can do that — but as a linebacker, you don’t get hit a lot and you play longer. I feel like it would put me in position to play longer and take care of my family.”
The 6-foot-2, 224-pound prospect wouldn’t name the schools that check off the most of his priorities, but he did say that having the ability to play both ways — should he change his mind — is important to him.
Why Alabama has Quavaris Crouch’s attention
Alabama is one of those schools recruiting him both ways. Crouch plans on naming his top schools this summer, and it sounds like Alabama will make the short list.
“I feel like Alabama is a great place,” Crouch said. “It’s Alabama. You’re going to get what you hear. It’s not a lot of lovey-dovey stuff. You’re going to work hard each and every day to get better. That’s the type of stuff I like. I don’t expect anyone to take it easy on me. I want to get better and compete. If you’re going to go to Alabama, you have to be ready to compete. I feel like Alabama is a good school.”
Crouch also mentioned Clemson, Florida State, Michigan and South Carolina as schools that were coming after him hard. Crouch doesn’t have any visits set right now, as he just came off a trip to Florida State this weekend for the Seminoles’ spring game.
The last time Crouch was in Tuscaloosa was last summer. That visit has stuck with him, specifically his conversation with Nick Saban.
“I didn’t even ask for a picture with him because it was so serious in the room,” Crouch said. “He knows everything about you. He knows about every interest I have. He does his homework, for sure. He told me all about the expectations and how you’re not going to be given anything. You have to work hard for everything. At the end of the day, you’re going to have a chance to play in the National Football League. He keeps it real.”
When Crouch was growing up, he said he didn’t think he’d get an Alabama offer until he was a senior in high school. He believed that Alabama was the best school, and he felt like that would be the last major offer he’d get. Well, it came near the end of his sophomore year.
It sounds like the main thing Crouch likes about Alabama is the hard work the team puts into everything it does because that’s how he operates.
“I’m not going to lie, the challenges,” Crouch said when asked what he specifically likes about the program. “It’s going to be challenging if I went there. You’re going to be challenged every day. I work hard. But you’re going to really work down there. And then you go up there and check them out, and the [social media] videos they put out, they kind of scare you a little bit. Do I really want to handle all of that? But I like hard work.”
Crouch claims no favorite schools at this time. There’s no set timeline for when he’ll make his commitment, either. He is an early enrollee, so he’ll be on the campus of his choice in January.
Quavaris Crouch’s professional mindset — on and off the field
Alabama’s championships won’t play a major factor in Crouch’s decision. He’s mainly looking for a school with good academics, specifically a good business school, and the best place for him to make it to the NFL.
“At the end of the day, how many times did Tom Brady win in college?” Crouch asked. “No one in the league is going to ask you how many times you won in college. Nobody cares. You want to go somewhere where they can get you to the league.”
Alabama could definitely be that school. The Crimson Tide have the most top-1o draft picks in the last 10 years with nine, followed by LSU with seven. There have been 65 Tide players drafted since 2009.
There’s not much else Crouch needs to see out of the Tide.
“Alabama is Alabama. They represent themselves well,” Crouch said. “It’s really just a mind thing. You have to be ready to work. There’s really nothing they have to do. I study all of them. I study Alabama and I know how they do things there. It’s just going to come down to what I want to do.”
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