January 25, 2012
UA checks in on 2013 OL
University of Alabama coach Nick Saban stopped by Carver High School in Atlanta on Tuesday to see 2013 offensive lineman Delando Crooks. Crooks was excited to see the Crimson Tide's head man.
"The visit went really well for Delando," Carver coach Darren Myles said "He got excited about meeting Coach Saban, and that the University of Alabama was interested in him."
Myles said Saban was impressed with what he and other UA coaches had seen on film from Crooks and wanted to come in and talk to Myles about his star offensive lineman. After coaching him for three years, Myles sees Crooks as someone who would fit very well in the Crimson Tide's system.
"In terms of how Coach Saban views accountability and responsibility, he fits in perfectly with Alabama's system," Myles said. "Work ethic, his structure and discipline, he fits in well. You're talking about a kid who started out at 5-foot-10, 280 pounds and he's now 6-foot-5, 260 pounds."
Even though he's grown in size, Crooks can still run a 4.9-second 40-yard dash and is extremely athletic and agile for an offensive lineman, Myles said.
"He managed to keep his poise and athleticism as he grew," Myles said. "That is what makes him so unique."
Currently, Crooks has no favorites in the recruiting process.
"Academics are definitely high up on his list as far as deciding on a program," Myles said. "It doesn't matter how far or how close. Of course, if the program is good and it's close, they will be high up on the list."
The Peach State star already has offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Virginia Tech, among others, and he remains hopeful that an offer from the Crimson Tide will be coming his way soon.
"They are very optimistic," Myles said. "I would be very surprised if they didn't offer, put it that way."
Crooks visited Tuscaloosa last fall for the North Texas game and already has plans to return on Feb. 19 for one of the Tide's junior days. He's also tentatively planning to attend A-Day later this spring.
"He knows Alabama," Myles said. "He has been following the program for three years. He knows Nick Saban's body of work and the history of the program. He has a great feel for Alabama."
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