With 10 scholarship offers to his name and a pair of unofficial visits in his rearview, Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley tackle Tyrell Crosby feels comfortable naming favorites. He's careful when he does it. It's not a formal "list trimming" or a "cut." It's just a player naming few schools that currently lead the pack. Crosby makes that clear. He stays away from speaking in absolutes.
Crosby mentions that the pecking order is fluid at this point. Schools can jump up, and programs can slide down. He reserves the right to revise. At least for now, though …
"My top would be Oregon, Utah and then Boise [State]," Crosby said. "That's for right now. The reason why I like Utah is mainly just because I was born there and I have a lot of family out there. With Boise and with Oregon, it's just that they're winning and they both have pretty good educations. I have a pretty good relationship with the coaches recruiting me from both schools."
A lot can change between now and signing day, of course. After all, Crosby has taken just two unofficial visits to this point. He toured the campus of Arizona State last month and checked out Utah a week ago.
His description of his trip to Salt Lake City lacks details. It's straight. It's simple. It's to the point. It's as cliché as descriptions come.
"It was a really nice campus and the coaches were really cool," Crosby said.
Next up on Crosby's travel itinerary is a visit to Oregon, which is set to take place a on the weekend of April 13. And while he names the Ducks as one of his current favorites, he admits he still has plenty to learn about the program.
"I've talked to Coach [Steve] Greatwood a few times, and I just know about their tradition and all that," Crosby said. "I don't really know much so far."
Crosby is leaning toward making a commitment before his senior year gets started. He cautions not to take that decree as gospel, as it could change, but he sees the benefit of getting his decision out of the way early. There's the obvious talking point about focusing on his final high school season, but there's also this:
"I think I should do it earlier just so I can know what kind of requirements I'll need to get into the school and all that," he said.
Crosby's helped lead Green Valley to a 9-2 record last season. He was a key cog in a Gators offense that averaged more than 23 points per game.