Malcolm Crockett, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound three-star running back form Edison-Friendship Public Charter High School in Washington, D.C., has offers from West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Michigan and North Carolina State, and he says that his top two are the Wolverines and Wolfpack.
Crockett, ranked as the No. 42 running back in the country by Scout.com, favors Michigan and North Carolina State slightly over Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Maryland and Notre Dame.
He says he grew up following both Miami and Michigan.
“I love Charles Woodson at Michigan,” Crockett said.
“I also like how Michigan runs a lot of two back sets,” he said. “The team is coming up. I know they went through a lot of stuff this year, but I see them being a good team in the future.”
The only school that Crockett has already visited is Maryland, but the ‘Terps haven’t offered him yet. “I’m a little surprised they haven’t offered,” he admitted. “I thought they’d be one of my first offers because I’m so close (about one hour from his house), but it’s okay. I think they’ll offer eventually.”
Crockett attended the Terps Junior Day earlier this year. “They really made me feel at home and very welcome,” he said. “They seem to like me a lot.”
Another school that Crockett hopes to get an offer from besides Maryland is Notre Dame. “I think they’re close to offering,” he said. “I know they’ve been talking to my coach a lot and he said they seem very interested.”
The first school to offer Crockett was West Virginia last November. “I was really excited when they offered,” he said. “It meant a lot that they were my first offer.
“I like that they run a lot of zone and wildcat and it’s pretty much what we run at my high school,” he said.
Crockett plans to visit the Mountaineers in May.
He also plans to visit Georgia Tech on April 24. “I like that they run the ball a lot,” he said about the Yellow Jackets offense. “It’s a great offense for a running back.”
Besides their offense, Crockett says he also likes their location. “It’s in Georgia and I know they have nice weather there,” he said. “It’s warm there and I like warm weather. It seems like a place I would like.”
Crockett says the Yellow Jackets and Wolfpack are recruiting him the hardest. “They write me constantly,” he said. “It’s a lot of handwritten notes and letters.
“I really like how NC-State does a lot of downhill running,” he said. “They run a lot of power stuff and that’s the kind of runner I am. They told me that I’d be a great back for them and that they really want me there. They said I’m their No. 1 running back they’re recruiting and that was good to hear.
“I also have some family in North Carolina, so I’ll try and visit them soon too,” he said.
Crockett says he plans to make a decision after his senior season. “I’m pretty sure I’ll get more offers, so I just want to just all my options and take my time,” he said.
“I want to be in an offense that I fit in with,” he said. “I want to see who’s in front of me and what the depth chart is like too.”
Crockett finished his junior season with over 1,100 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns.
“I hit the hole and I go hard,” he said. “My best ability is making cuts at full speed. I’m a hard back to get down and I’m very powerful. Once I see a hole, I’m gone.”
He says he can bench 245-pounds and squat 425.
“I want to improve my lateral movements and footwork,” he said. “I want to be more elusive.”
Crockett also runs track and may do both sports in college. He runs a 10.9 100m and a 22.7 200m.
He plans to major in computer science and reports a 3.0 core GPA. Crockett is scheduled to take the SAT for the first time on May 1.