Detroit (Mich.) Central defensive tackle Eric Crume utilized every opportunity he could find to compete among the Midwest's top prospects this past off-season. At the Sound Mind, Sound Body Camp in Detroit this summer, the 6-2, 320-pound Crume caught the eye of Syracuse assistant coach Tyrone Wheatley.
"I got an offer from them after I left the Sound Mind, Sound Body Camp," Crume reported. "Syracuse is a high interest for me. I know they had a couple players in the 90's and in the 60's they had Jim Brown. They won four games last year and they are on the up-rise."
Wheatley is a University of Michigan grad who grew up in the greater Detroit area. He now recruits his former hometown for the Orange and has connected with Crume.
"He checks up on me and sees how our games are going and how I'm doing on the season," Crume said. "I talk to him about how their recruiting of players is coming along and how I fit in with the program."
Crume is a space-eating defensive tackle prospect who could also play nose guard in a three-man front. Syracuse likes his versatility to fit with any style defense.
"They were first looking at me as a three-technique in the 40-front defense, but they said they might change up so I'm prepared to play in any [defense]," Crume said.
Syracuse's interest is being reciprocated by Crume and he is excited to see the school for himself. A decision, however, is not expected to occur until later in the process.
"After I take my ACT I am going to sit back until December, then make my decision," Crume said. "There might be something happening with Syracuse. "We are going there next month, probably on the 16th. That will more than likely be an official."
Assuming Crume's test scores come back satisfactorily, there could be more offers coming the Detroit defender's way. He is currently hearing from several schools in the Big Ten and Mid-American Conferences.
"I'm getting interest from Michigan State, Iowa, Cincinnati, Indiana and Michigan. Akron, Central Michigan and Bowling Green are waiting for me to get my ACT score," Crume said. "I went to Michigan State's spring game and I went to see Michigan practice earlier this year. I am probably going to go to Michigan to watch another game and see if I can make it out to Iowa."
Detroit Central is 2-1 on the season and Crume has recorded 23 tackles and 5.5 sacks in those three games.