Ocean Lakes lineman Eric Crosby (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Eric Crosby is coming into a big season under a new regime at Tennessee
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
We’re big fans of Eric Crosby.
He hit the scene in his freshman year as a punter. We’re talking 6-2 250 pound freshman punter. There were too many studs on the defensive line for him to see playing time. That was an Ocean Lakes team that had Derrick Nnadi (Florida State), Javon Majors (Liberty), Tony Baird (East Carolina), and Massadiq Walton (East Carolina) all in their senior season in the front four.
As a sophomore, Crosby exploded. That was the season where he literally ran over Oscar Smith in the VHSL 6A playoffs. Crosby saw time as a running back and a defensive tackle. He grew bigger and stronger, and he eventually committed to the University of Tennessee after being recruited heavily by at least two dozen Division I schools.
At Tennessee, he spent his first year as a redshirt year. In that time, Head Coach Butch Jones was fired after the team finished 4-8 overall and 0-8 in the SEC. Alabama assistant coach Jeremy Pruitt has been brought on to take over the program and this could be a great opportunity for Crosby to prove his worth to the program.
SEC Country has Crosby pegged as a “Boom or Bust” candidate in a recent write up.
It’s been rumored that Pruitt is introducing a 3-4 defensive scheme to the program, and Crosby could be a key to that. Four seasons of an explosive Eric Crosby could be just what the Vols need after last year’s troubles.
Writer Mike Griffith says of Crosby: “(He’s) capable of All-SEC play if properly motivated, or relegated to the bench if unable to reach his great potential.”
We’re betting on Crosby to have a huge redshirt freshman season. He’s measuring 6-1 and 330 pounds now, and he’s putting in the weight room work with the new staff at Tennessee. We’ll keep an eye on him as spring practices ramp up.
– Andy Hilton