Countryside quarterback Gray Crow stays committed to Miami

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Wed. August 17, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

Countryside quarterback Gray Crow stays committed to Miami

Countryside quarterback Gray Crow said he still plans to sign with Miami despite allegations that former Hurricane players received improper benefits from a booster.

"I don't think it's going to affect me as far as my decision," Crow said Wednesday. "I'm still pretty firm on my commitment."

Miami has come under fire this week because of allegations from former booster Nevin Shapiro that implicate at least 65 current or former players in various NCAA violations, according to a Yahoo! Sports story. If the Hurricanes receive strict sanctions, Crow said he would reconsider his decision.

"I would have to think about it if that happened," Crow said. "You have to be smart about it. I wouldn't want to be in a situation where there are tough penalties on the school. But I don't think that will happen. I think I'll be fine."

Crow, one of the nation's top quarterbacks in the 2012 class, committed to Miami in February after attending the program's junior day. He said he has stayed in contact with coaches since and has visited the campus twice a month this summer.

On Sunday, he was in Coral Gables when he said a friend mentioned something was going at Miami.

"That was the first I had heard of anything," Crow said. "It just got crazy after that."

Crow said he was flooded with calls from players, reporters and coaches the past two days. But he said he did not hear from other schools trying to persuade him to dump Miami.

Crow will have to make a decision quickly because he plans to graduate from Countryside in January and enroll in college for the spring semester. Other schools that were on his short list before he committed to the Hurricanes include Florida, LSU and Southern California.

"Right now I'm just trying to take care of everything on the field," Crow said.

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