Countryside quarterback Gray Crow, considered one of the top 100 players in the state for the Class of 2012, has the prototypical body (6-4, 220 pounds) for the position and has impressed scouts at camps the past four years. This past fall, the junior showed it on the field as well, guiding the Cougars to their first undefeated regular season and second straight berth in the region finals. That got the attention of Miami, which offered him a scholarship two weeks ago. Crow wasted little time accepting, committing to the Hurricanes on Sunday during their junior day. Crow is the fourth Cougars quarterback in a row for who will play in college and the third to go to a Division I-A school. Crow’s older brother, L.D., played at Countryside before going to Stanford, then transferring to Central Florida. The Times recently talked to Gray about his decision to join the Hurricanes.
What were some of the factors that went into committing to Miami?
“I really liked Miami and was a huge fan of the school growing up. My grandfather went there and my great grandmother was a huge fan. It has a strong academic standing and coach Al Golden and (quarterbacks coach Jedd) Fisch treated me well. They fit my personality. Plus, I like how they have a pro-style offense, which fits me well. It really was a combination of those things.”
But why commit so early when you had the whole offseason to look at other schools or wait for other offers?
“To tell you the truth, I was just waiting on that one offer from a really great school that I liked and just checking out the coaches. It was just about one offer for me, not whether I got 10 or more. Plus I plan on graduating high school early and leaving for college next January, so I only had nine to 10 months before I would already be with a school.”
You had an offer from Notre Dame going into your sophomore season and it was pulled after a coaching change. How much did that experience play in your decision to commit early?
“I do remember that, but to be honest it didn’t really have much of an impact.”
How much did it help watching your older brother go through the recruiting process a few years ago?
“It helped because I knew what to expect. He was very supportive and really proud that it turned out to be Miami.”
You have played in pro-style offenses in high school. How important was it for you to play in that type of offense in college?
“I want to play football for a living and go to school that helps me get to the NFL. Miami runs the type of offense that will help me prepare for that.”
Miami could still offer more quarterbacks. If that happens, would it influence your decision?
“No. I’ll compete against anybody in the nation. I like the challenge. Right now, there will be three quarterbacks on the roster when I get there in January. But if someone else would commit, I would welcome the competition.”
What if another big-name school offered you in the next few months? Would you consider that school?
“To be honest, I would be thankful for the offer, but I’m pretty locked on Miami. I’m certain that is my school.”