Early in the recruiting process most analysts agreed that quarterback Jonathan Crompton favored Tennessee and North Carolina. Now another ACC school is making a strong push for the top signal caller on Tobacco Road.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound passer from Waynesville (N.C.) Tuscola runs the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds and has written scholarship offers from schools like Tennessee, UNC, Virginia, NC State, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Clemson and many others. Does he have a leader?
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"I really like Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina," said Crompton. "Those three are really solid and I could see myself at those schools. I will say that Virginia has really impressed me. They aren't ahead of the other two, but the more I look at them the more interested I become.
"They have a really impressive offensive system and I think I'm the type of quarterback they want to run things. I have an accurate arm and make good decisions, and those two things are really important to their coaches."
Crompton has also commented that he's impressed with the offensive schemes at North Carolina and Tennessee. He'd prefer not to go too far away from home, but isn't closing off too many options.
"I'm still looking at schools like NC State, Clemson and Arizona State. Also schools like Nebraska and Virginia Tech have talked about wanting to throw the ball more, which would be good. The common theme with all these schools I like is their offenses. I like having a chance to work the ball around to different receivers and throw the ball a lot. I think that's how I can best help a team, and something like a spread offense or a pro-style offense would be a great fit for me."
As a junior Crompton completed 114 of 220 passes for 1,650 yards and 15 touchdowns. He's the leader for all-state honors in 2004, and is widely considered to be one of the top five quarterbacks in his class.