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Impressed with Williams-Brice Stadium
Five-star Quavaris Crouch, the No. 1 running back in the Class of 2019, has attended a couple of South Carolina games at Williams-Brice Stadium.
“It’s amazing. The crowd is into it. They’ve got the towels and all shaking,” he said. “Places like that, SEC [and] big places like that, if you’re not ready to play when that crowd is jumping like that, I just feel like you’re not a football player.
“It’s no reason why you shouldn’t be pumped up [and] ready to play, coming out in that atmosphere.”
The 247Sports composite ranks Crouch as the No. 17 overall prospect in the country. He has the opportunity to play in any atmosphere he chooses — Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame and Ohio State, to name a few of his many, many offers.
Quavaris Crouch at the next level
When Crouch thinks about which position he’ll play at the next level, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound prospect envisions himself as a running back in a pro-style system. Harding University High School coach Sam Greiner believes Crouch could play a couple different positions, depending on how much he grows over the next year or so.
Crouch’s primary duties are at B-back in Harding University’s Wing-T offense, but he also plays linebacker and defensive end.
“He’s probably the best defender, one of the best defenders in the country,” Greiner said. “It’s just that, at the high school level, when you play running back, he’s that good at it, too. And that helps the team a lot more.
“Secondarily, he plays defense. If we had him going both ways the whole time, we’d wear him out before the end of the season. I’m trying to, dadgum, keep his mileage down a little bit and spot-play him, but he’s special. He’s gifted.”
Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables is among the coaches pursuing him for that side of the ball.
Big, bad Alabama
Coach Nick Saban has signed several 5-star running backs over the course of his impressive run at Alabama, including Najee Harris, Damien Harris and T.J. Yeldon. Bo Scarbrough, a comparable prospect to Crouch, signed as a 5-star athlete before the Tide lined him up in their offensive backfield.
Crouch met Scarbrough while visiting Tuscaloosa earlier this summer for a camp.
“It was really good, but I thought of it all as a learning experience, because they’re the top level, so if you learn everything up there, I feel like you’ll be OK going anywhere else,” he said. “I was just taking everything they had and putting it toward me, so I can become a better player.”
The lineage of running backs at Alabama, according to Crouch, has its pros and cons.
“[The] pros are they have good backs. They develop their backs. They’re big backs. They’re strong. They’re fast. They’re physical. That’s all a good thing. Most of them, if you do good there, you’re a first-round draft pick,” he said. “The cons are the backs get overworked, beat down, things like that, but I don’t pay too much attention to that, because they’ve got all the resources there for your body to become better: ice baths and massages, so I don’t really pay too much attention to that.
“I’m a football player. It comes with a lot of banging, so I’m not really worried about it. I’m a tough guy.”
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