Lack of Experience, No Lack of Interest

Carver OL Delando Crooks

Delando Crooks just recently finished his junior season , but he has already accrued seven scholarship offers from schools at the FBS level. That number would be impressive for any high school prospect, but it is even more impressive when you consider the fact that Crooks has only been playing football for a few years.

Although he lacks the experience of many high school players, Delando Crooks believes that is progression is going very well.

"I think I'm developing at a fast pace compared to others," Crooks said. "I think I'm doing well considering the fact I just started football a few years ago. I think I'm better at run blocking right now. I'm a quicker guy at a tackle position and I have a good reach. I'm big enough to be at offensive tackle. I think my size is a great asset."

Due to the high volume of schools showing him attention in recruiting, Crooks was hoping to get a firsthand look at many different schools this season. Unfortunately, due to the scheduling of his high school games, Crooks was only able to make a few unofficial visits.

"I went to a few games. I went to an Alabama game, I went to a Virginia Tech game and I went to a Georgia Tech game. We played a lot of Saturday games, so I didn't get to go to that many games."

Crooks took his visit to Georgia Tech for the Yellow Jacket's game against Virginia Tech, which he says was a great trip.

"It was a great experience. I had never been to the Georgia Tech campus before, so it was something that I liked. It was nice to see all of the players and coaches again."

Crooks says that he has a good relationship with his recruiting coach, Buzz Preston, whom he talks to on a weekly basis. Coach Preston has been by Crooks' high school on multiple occasions and also frequently talks over the phone with Crooks' uncle, who is his legal guardian.

While Crooks says that all of the schools on his list are equal at this time, it does appear that the Yellow Jackets will be a team that is in the running until the very end.

"Georgia Tech is going to be favored because it is near home, but I'm open to anywhere right now."

After playing in a junior all-star game over Christmas break, Crooks will resume his regular offseason workouts. He also will continue researching the schools involved in his recruitment.

Crooks has been taking classes at Georgia State University and is currently planning on enrolling early at college.

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