Crowder, Norton still pondering college choices


First Posted: 8/7/2012

ROCKINGHAM — With two of their teammates having seemingly locked in their college selections for next fall, Tyrone Crowder and Alex Norton are still weighing their options.

Crowder, the No. 2 ranked guard nationally in the class of 2013, has received scholarship offers from a handful of college football powerhouses including Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Florida State and South Carolina as well as in-state institutions East Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest.

The senior has watched as several of his counterparts like David Dawson, Ira Denson and Joas Aguilar made verbal commitments. Dawson, from Detroit, plans on attending Michigan, while Denson, of Madison, Fla., will head to Tallahassee to join the Florida State Seminoles. Aguilar, out of North Richland Hills, Texas, will stay in the Longhorn State and become a Texas A&M Aggie.

Crowder plans on calling his suitors over the next week to see if he still fits into their plans after the first wave of commitments.

“I want to talk to the schools to see where I stand,” Crowder said after Richmond Senior’s practice Tuesday. “I want to see if they are going to continue to recruit me.”

One of the schools making a push for Crowder is North Carolina and new coach Larry Fedora. Crowder made an unofficial visit to the Chapel Hill campus last month and spoke with the Tar Heel staff.

“They said they will continue to recruit me until I say I’m not going there,” Crowder said. “Most of the schools said the same thing, they will wait as long as I want.”

Even though major college football prospects are permitted to make five official visits during their recruitment, Crowder said he plans on whittling his selections to three.

Crowder laughed when he heard the rumor of him joining one of his teammates at the next level. Running back Dakwa Nichols gave a verbal commitment to N.C. State this summer, while defensive end Devant’e Covington will follow former Raider Melvin Ingram’s path to South Carolina.

“It’s not going to be a major factor,” Crowder said about having another Richmond product on campus.

Like his teammate, Norton is undecided about his future. The state’s 75th-rated senior according to CarolinaPreps.com has received offers from the Air Force, Navy, Wofford and the newly created program at Charlotte.

He has also heard from Auburn, Clemson, North Carolina and South Carolina.

“They still talk to me, but haven’t offered,” Norton said.

Norton admits he is in a holding pattern as he plots his college route and will discuss things with his father, Jason, Richmond’s junior varsity coordinator.

“I’m not really sure what the plan is yet, I haven’t talked to my dad about it,” Norton said. “But I plan on taking my official visits.”

Weather changes jamboree plans

ROCKINGHAM — A storm system which dumped heavy rains in the Raleigh area Monday night and the threat of additional showers forced Clayton school officials to postpone the Highway 70 Jamboree until Thursday.

Because of the schedule change, Richmond Senior will be unable to participate in the jamboree, but will still take part in a scrimmage at Clayton this afternoon. The Raiders will take on Clayton and Garner beginning at approximately 1 p.m. The contests are slated to take place on the Comets’ practice fields.

Richmond will return home Thursday for another preseason warmup with North Davidson and Glenn. The junior varsity teams will hit the fields at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity squads at 7 p.m.

With construction on the track at Raider Stadium still ongoing, the scrimmage contests have been moved to the team’s practice fields.

Because of the change of venue, the gates off of U.S. Highway 1 will be the only ones open to spectators Thursday.

Kevin Mabe, Richmond’s athletic director, is encouraging fans to bring their own chairs to the scrimmages because of the limited number of bleacher seats on the practice field. In addition, vehicles will be parked along Raider Boulevard near the student lot.

Tickets for Thursday’s scrimmages are $3.

Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at sstinson@heartlandpublications.com

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