12 offers and counting for Crowder

Being given a fourth star by Rivals.com wasn't the only good news offensive guard Tyrone Crowder of Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond County got Thursday.
That same day, Florida State and Georgia offered.
"Those are pretty big ones," Crowder said. "They're really good programs. I have a good bit of interest in them."

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For the record, the rest of Crowder's week wasn't bad, either. The 6-feet-2, 310-pounder also picked up offers from Auburn, Maryland and N.C. State. All told, 12 programs have pulled the trigger. North Carolina was the first to offer, doing so last summer.
"There could be more offers [coming]," Crowder said. He added that Florida might be next.
Right now, Crowder claims to have no leaders.
"Everyone is pretty even," Crowder said. "I'm just trying to get a good feel for a school and take more visits. I'll probably narrow it down maybe early in my senior year."
Asked who was recruiting him the hardest, Crowder replied, "Probably Clemson, South Carolina and Alabama."
Thus far, he has visited the Crimson Tide, Gamecocks and North Carolina. According to Crowder, his trip to Tuscaloosa stood out.
"That was my first time going there," Crowder said. "That was a pretty big one. I got my offer there at the junior day from Coach [Nick] Saban."
What's next?
"I know I've got some junior days coming up, but I haven't really planned them yet. I think I'm visiting Clemson and Maryland soon."
A three-year starter, Crowder played offensive guard his first two seasons before switching to left tackle in 2011.
"I think my strengths are my explosiveness, good pad level, good balance and quick feet."
Keith Niebuhr can be reached at Keithrivals@yahoo.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.