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Pasco's Crutcher is modest about academic, athletic accomplishments

Pasco High School's Brian Crutcher is equally successful on the playing field and in the classroom. Crutcher, 5 feet 11, 170 pounds, is a standout football and baseball player. And Crutcher's 3.93 grade-point average makes him a candidate for the senior class valedictorian in May.

Crutcher is a member of the National Honor Society. He is also affiliated with Pasco's math team and Future Business Leaders of America.

As an athlete, Crutcher, who was named to the Times' All-North Suncoast and Suncoast football teams, stands out.

Last week, Crutcher signed a national letter-of-intent with the University of Central Florida to play wide receiver. He will also play baseball.

During his senior season in football, Crutcher played wide receiver, safety, kick returner and quarterback. Of his seven touchdowns, Crutcher caught four, rushed for two (at quarterback) and returned a kickoff.

Since he has 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash, Crutcher is considering running track this spring, along with playing shortstop on the baseball team.

If he has time.

In his spare time away from school, Crutcher likes to hunt and fish with his father.

Is there anything that Crutcher can't do?

"Yeah, sing," said Crutcher, replying with a laugh. "I definitely can't sing."

And Crutcher refuses to take all the credit for his success.

"I give lots of credit to God and my family," he said. "Without them, I don't think I would make it. God gives me the ability and my parents give me the encouragement. They have a positive attitude."

Throughout his high school career, Crutcher has achieved mostly A's and has received no grade lower than a B. (He has received only five B's.) Crutcher said he will major in engineering at UCF.

Crutcher's respect for others is always evident. Yes sir and no sir and yes ma'am and no ma'am are regular responses from him.

It would be easy to label Crutcher an All-American boy.

"I try to be clean-cut, but I don't know about All-American," says Crutcher, with an accompanying laugh.

Pasco coach Lenny Cimador praises Crutcher.

"I guess he is an All-American boy," Cimador said, "with his mannerisms, his personality, his athletic ability and his classroom conduct. I really think highly of him."

In 24 years of coaching baseball in Pasco County, Cimador has had several players to make the major leagues. However, he bids Crutcher the highest compliment of them all.

"He's a total individual.The world's out there waiting for him," Cimador said.

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