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Duke has interest in Bartram Hill WR Jared Crump

Duke interested in 2012 FL WR Jared Crump

Duke has interest in Bartram Hill WR Jared Crump

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.

 

Jacksonville (FL) safety Dwayne Norman is the 3rd member of Duke's class of 2012

Florida safety Dwayne Norman likes Duke and South Carolina

Jacksonville (FL) safety Dwayne Norman likes Duke and South Carolina

While Duke is working hard to improve their defense on the field this spring, the coaching staff is also working hard to upgrade the defense with a talented group of prospects in the class of 2012. The Duke staff has targeted a small group of defensive backs who already have received verbal scholarship offers from the Blue Devils, and a few have also taken a visit to Durham this spring. One of the most recent prospects to visit Durham and pick up a verbal scholarship offer is Dwayne Norman, a 6’0” 185 pound prospect from Jacksonville, Florida. The Blue Devils were the first to offer the speedy junior from University Christian, but other ACC and SEC programs have expressed interest. Highlights from his junior season 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?

My strengths would be pursuing the ball, definitely that.  And I guess being a heavy hitter, when I get there – I hit angry, I guess.  That’s what coaches call it.

BDN: What are some of the things you have been working on this offseason?

My coverage skills right now.  I’m coming up as a defensive back and I guess my speed and quickness.

BDN: What are some of your goals for yourself and your team in your senior season?

My goals for my team will be to win a state championship this year, definitely in the running to do that.  Also to stay on top of things my senior year, trying to do a repeat or even get better than what I did last year.

BDN: As you look at your college decision, what are the most important factors you are looking for in a school?

Me feeling at home once I go there, me feeling comfortable around the coaches and the players.  And really where the sports program is headed also in the next few years.  And academics plays a role also in what’s going on when I go there.

BDN: You mentioned the importance of academics; do you have a specific field you are thinking of studying in college?

Yes, I want to study business management and maybe sports medicine.

BDN: Which schools have you been in contact with the longest, or have been hearing the most from?

Duke. I’ve been communicating with them the most.  I started talking with them I think September 1st – September 1st or September 2nd.  And I’ve been on visits up there twice.  And then South Carolina is the next school that’s been recruiting me a lot.  And USF and Georgia Tech have just – they just started recently and that’s coming along good.

BDN: You mentioned you were able to visit Duke a couple times. How have those visits gone and what other schools have you had a chance to visit so far?

Yeah, my visits at Duke went real good.  They opened my eyes to a lot of things about a future after football and all the – of course during football, but I liked both my visits up there.  And I visited South Carolina twice.  I went on their junior day and I went to a game.  I really like the program up there, I really like the football program and the coaches.

BDN: Do you have plans for any additional visits this spring or summer?

Yes, I just got back from a visit from Duke this past weekend.  I went to a spring practice, and I think in two weeks I’m going up to South Carolina to a spring practice to see what’s going on there.

BDN: Do you have an idea for how or when you would like to narrow your list of schools down and ultimately make a decision?

Yes, I’m going to – I plan on committing on my birthday this year, September 23rd.  Yeah, that’s – I think it’s on a Friday this year.  I haven’t decided but I think I want to do it like before a game or after a game, I don’t know yet.  That’s when I want to make my decision.

BDN: Is there anything else that you think is important for college football fans to know about you?

I’m a good kid off the field.  I won’t get into any trouble or bring any bad name to the schools I’m at.  If anything, it will be good things.  I don’t get in trouble a lot or too much.  Just say that.  And that’s about it.

BDN: Thanks a lot, Dwayne, and best of luck to you.

Okay, well thank you for the interview.