Take Two: How do things stand in Quavaris Crouch's recruitment?
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Take Two returns with a daily offering tackling an issue in the college football landscape. Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst Adam Gorney lays out the situation and then receives takes from Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell and a local expert from the Rivals.com network of team sites.
That certainly could not have hurt Clemson’s chances with Crouch, the former No. 1 prospect in the 2019 class who will probably play linebacker in college but is also special at running back.
It could be difficult to beat Clemson in the recruitment of the Charlotte (N.C.) Harding University standout. But this weekend, Crouch is heading on an important visit to Michigan to see its big showdown against Penn State. Alabama, South Carolina and possibly others cannot be counted out yet.
Is Clemson far-and-away the leader, has Florida State essentially eliminated itself after last week’s awful loss and can Michigan make major headway in Crouch’s recruitment after he visits Ann Arbor this weekend?
FIRST TAKE: ADAM FRIEDMAN, MID-ATLANTIC RECRUITING ANALYST
“Crouch's visit to Florida State was two-fold. It helped him make sure he wasn't missing anything in Tallahassee, and the way Clemson beat the 'Noles pushed the Tigers even higher on his list. It's hard to say Clemson is unbeatable with his official visit to Michigan coming up this weekend and other official visits likely to be planned. Clemson is in a commanding position, especially if the trip to Ann Arbor doesn't live up to the hype in Crouch's eyes.”
SECOND TAKE: MIKE FARRELL, NATIONAL RECRUITING DIRECTOR
“Clemson probably impressed him. There is obviously a chance for early playing time at Florida State but Clemson plays freshmen, too. I would think that game did nothing but hurt Florida State. The team quit, the atmosphere was horrible. He still has Michigan coming up. We’ll see how that goes because playing defense in that system is attractive.
“Right now, Clemson after a really good official visit only helped themselves with the victory over Florida State.”