With Duke’s prolific passing offense, it’s no surprise that the Blue Devils have had success recruiting and developing talented wide receivers in Durham, most notably All-ACC performers Eron Riley, Donovan Varner, and Conner Vernon. The Blue Devils received their first commitment in the class of 2012 from the Jacksonville, Florida area in TE Erich Schneider, and hope to add another talented receiving prospect in Jared Crump. Crump is a 6’3” 195 pound wide receiver from Bartram Trail High School in Jacksonville. As a junior, the big, physical receiver finished the year with 34 receptions for 683 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging an impressive 20 yards per catch. Highlights of Jared’s junior year, which earned him 3rd Team All-First Coast honors, can be viewed here.
BDN: Can you start off by describing your strengths for fans who haven’t had a chance to see you play?
I have good jumping ability. I have big, strong hands. I run pretty precise routes
BDN: What are some of the things you have been working on this offseason?
I think route running, and just the little stuff that you can always work on, that’s about it.
BDN: What are your goals for yourself and your team for your senior season?
For our team our goal is to go all the way and win state. So just keep our eye on the prize. That’s what we’re going for.
BDN: As you look at your college decision, what are the most important factors you are looking for in a school?
The reputation of the school, do I get along with the people at the school and the coaches, the people who play in front of me, who they recruited the year before, a little bit of playing time. If I wasn’t playing football, could I picture myself going there and being there for four years without sports.
BDN: Which schools have you been in contact with the longest or most often?
I have offers from West Virginia, Troy, Southern Miss, Wake [Forest] and FIU so far. Spring football, there’s supposed to be a lot of coaches coming down. And they said that they’re really interested and probably will make an offer once they come down and see me.
BDN: Have you had a chance to make any visits or do you have any visits planned?
I went to a lot of Junior Days and I went to some spring football games. Over the summer, me and my dad are going to go to a lot of schools this summer and visit schools.
BDN: Are there any schools in particular that you’re looking forward to visiting?
Me and my dad are going to sit down and make a list of schools that we think would be a good choice.
BDN: You mentioned your comfort level with the coaches and people at a school as important. In your contact with coaches so far, do you feel like you have a good relationship with any coach in particular?
I feel close with, I have a good contact with Coach [Kris] Cinkovich at Arkansas, Coach Steve Spurrier Jr. at South Carolina. The coaches at the schools who have offered me, I feel pretty close with them, and just a lot of coaches from other schools who say that they’re going to come down.
BDN: Do you have an idea for when you would like to make your final decision or how you would like to narrow your list down?
I think towards the end of summer and towards the beginning of the football season, I’ll have an idea of some of my top schools, but right now it’s kind of broad. But I think after the summer I’ll narrow it down once I visit schools and see how I like them all.
BDN: Is there anything else that you think is important for college football fans to know about you?
I’m easy to get along with, I’m very coachable, really respectful and a good teammate.
BDN: Thanks a lot, Jared, and best of luck to you.
Thank you very much.