April 24, 2010
Crowell highly impressed with Ohio State
Despite some dreary moments with the weather the Ohio State spring game was a huge success with the recruits in attendance. Several players made it in from out of state and for Waldorf (Md.) linebacker Conner Crowell it was well worth the trip.
The 6-foor-1, 220-pound linebacker made it into Columbus (Ohio) on Friday and had a chance to check out things at a slower pace and be able to get the full benefit of seeing the campus and the life that students and student athletes get to live.
"I thought it was great," Crowell said. "Yesterday we went on a tour of the campus and got to go out and eat with some of the coaches and got to learn a lot about the school. It is just amazing how many people turned out today, it was awesome."
The outcome of the game may not have been as exciting as some people would have hoped and after a quick start the game bogged down a little bit with no scoring until the fourth quarter. As a football player Crowell was able to really appreciate the effort that both sides put up on the field even if the game did appear boring to some.
"It wasn't the most exciting game early because would rather see them play somebody else rather than against each other," Crowell said. "The couple of the minutes were really exciting with all of the penalties and touchdowns scored. It was a good game to watch."
Ohio State has had a lot of success in the past years turning out top flight college linebackers and the school remains a premier destination for players at that position. Crowell knows that any college will make him a better player but that Ohio State just offers a lot to linebackers looking to reach their full potential.
"If you play in any college system I think you can make yourself a better player," Crowell said. "Just going to college will make you better. You are going to get bigger and stronger and be more educated with your football IQ. But I think (the Ohio State system) definitely would."
There were plenty of highlights on the trip but like with most recruits the size of the Ohio State campus was jaw dropping and rated as his favorite part of the trip.
"I think just how big everything is," Crowell said. "The campus was just a city within a city and it was amazing. There were so many people there supporting the football team. Football is a religion up there and it is not the same where I live at so it was amazing."
Crowell did not commit to the Buckeyes but there were some moments where it was hard to fight off the urge to pull the trigger.
"It was hard not to get caught up in the moment," Crowell said. "I felt that I really could picture myself going (to Ohio State), it was really hard not to get caught up."
And even though it is too early to cut down lists Crowell knows that the Buckeyes will be toward the top of his list up until it is time to make a decision.
"Yeah, definitely." Crowell said.
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