"He's going to be the best guy I've ever coached," Crowell said.Thomas Gordon, Jourdan Lewis, Dior Mathis, Damon Webb, Boubacar Cissoko, Daniel Easterly, Delonte Hollowell, Daquan Pace, Terry Richardson and LaVert's older brother Delano Hill.
The younger Hill played on varsity as a sophomore last season and through early workouts this offseason, Crowell says he has made extraordinary strides and is ready to have a breakout campaign.
"He's physically gifted like his brother. Delano was the most physically gifted kid I ever coached. He's 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, low 4.4-high 4.3, 34-35-inch vertical. LaVert might not as physically gifted as Delano but he's natural, fluid and he does everything effortlessly. He makes it look easy. A lot of the times it doesn't look like he's working because you want them to strain, but everything he does looks easy. He's really really good."
Crowell returns other top talents in the secondary. Class of 2017 wide receiver-defensive back Donovan Peoples-Jones, nicknamed "The Freak" because of his physical gifts, is on the verge of major offers.
Keshawn Gilmore, a big, long rising senior, is another he believes will play at a major college level.
"He is so versatile. He can play safety, linebacker and plays wide receiver. He has long arms, loves to press and he's about 200-plus pounds at about 6-foot-2. He can run with most folks and he can be a really big corner. When we can't matchup with big receivers, we just put Gilmore on him. When we played Warren Mott, they kept throwing it to their tight end and we put Gilmore on him."
The key now is finding the best position.
"We try to translate where a kid projects in college and put them there and keep them there so the transition won't be that bad. The kid he reminds me of is Daniel Easterly. We maybe didn't do him justice because we played him at safety, linebacker, then back to safety. We couldn't figure out what he was. Keshawn is similar but a little bit more athletic."
Once Gilmore and Hill have highlight tapes finished, Crowell believes the offer will start coming. The summer camp season should provide them with more opportunities to impress college coaches as well.
Then once the season starts, he expects big things out of all of them, especially Hill, who has taken on the role of playmaker.
"They call him little JD (Jourdan Lewis). JD was one of the best playmakers I ever had. He wasn't the fastest or biggest we've had, but he made the most plays. LaVert is going to make a lot of plays. He came to us as a receiver and he's going to be a receiver this year too and people will see how talented he is."