Why be excited: Crowder stands out on film for how he attacks defenders in run blocking, exploding off the line and bowling over lineman and linebackers. Scout has him as a top-100 player and the No. 4 offensive guard overall. Crowder moves well for his size and finishes plays off down the field. At a spot of contention over the years, Clemson's adding a big-time offensive line prospect is certainly a move in the right direction in competing with the elite in college football.
You may not know: Crowder told Prep Force his favorite athlete was Tom Brady, but said his game best reflects Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle (and "Blind Side" movie subject) Michael Oher.
How he fits into the depth chart: Underclassmen saw the field aplenty last season, but Clemson's coaches will have to weigh if they will get the best use of his four years by play as a true freshman. Senior Tyler Shatley will man one guard spot and David Beasley should occupy the other, so Crowder's best shot is in likely in a backup role.
High School: Richmond Co. (N.C.)
Coach: Paul Hoggard
Recruited By: Robbie Caldwell.
Other Offers: Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Florida, South Carolina among more.
Bench: 325 lbs