Alabama has locked up an official visit from the
nation's second-ranked wide receiver.
Antonio Cromartie, a member of the
team, says he's added the Crimson Tide to his list of finalists.
"I'm going to visit Michigan on Jan. 10, Florida on
Jan. 17 and Alabama on Jan. 24," he said. "That leaves two, and I should
have my list cut down for those by the end of this week."
Four teams are vying for the last two spots on his
list -- hometown Florida State, Miami, LSU and Oklahoma.
Regarding Alabama, Cromartie cited the coaching
staff and an opportunity to make an impact right away in his decision to
schedule an official visit.
"I still don't have a favorite or anything," he
said. "I really don't. All of those teams have a chance."
Cromartie had considered making an unofficial visit
this weekend, but opted for the comforts of home.
"I decided to kick back here and watch everything on
TV," he said. "I watched the FSU-Miami game and the Florida-LSU game. I
thought that would be a lot better than going out on the road again and only
getting to see one game."
Asked what his impressions of those games were,
Cromartie offered the following review:
"I didn't really draw an opinion on FSU and Miami,"
he said. "It surprised me that it was so close because everyone was saying
Miami would blow them out, but I knew FSU would come out and fight them
until the end. Both teams really showed me a lot.
"Florida got beat really bad. LSU impressed me a
lot, but I also saw that Florida needs some help. There's two ways to look
Cromartie (6-3, 200, 4.43) has helped lead Lincoln
to a 5-0-1 record this season. The tie came in an intrastate matchup with
Georgia powerhouse Valdosta in which the schools had different overtime
rules, so the coaches agreed to let the game end in a tie. "We were down
16-0 at the half, but came back to get a 29-29 tie," he said. "We played
real strong in the second half."
Cromartie has recorded 13 receptions for 285 yards
and five touchdowns. He's also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns (90 and
94 yards). "I love returning kicks," he said. "That's something I definitely
want to do in college."
He also has 17 tackles, four pass break-ups and one
interception playing cornerback.