One coach who is wetting his feet in the competitive proving grounds of Southeastern Conference recruiting is first-year-safeties coach Josh Conklin.
Conklin, a former defensive coordinator for the Citadel, is out front on a pair of 2014 prospects out of Bamberg Ehrhardt (S.C.) High School, including linebacker Kevin Crosby.
"Tennessee actually offered my teammate Aggadoria Bowers and me at the same time," Crosby told InsideTennessee. "That was really special and cool for us both to get the offer from them at the same time."
The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder finished up spring practice Tuesday afternoon and received word that the Vols had joined the party in his recruitment.
"It was good to get that offer from Tennessee," he said. "Coach (Josh) Conklin came down to watch me practice the other day and gave me the offer. I went down to Tennessee to a camp as a freshman with some teammates and really liked it."
And while Conklin might be new to the recruiting scene, he is already making an impression on what is sure to be one of the top prospects in the 2014 class.
|Crosby's teammate and wide receiver prospect Aggadoria Bowers.|
"Coach Conklin has been my main recruiter to Tennessee so far," Crosby said. "He is a good guy. He said we would probably get to know each other a lot better in the near future, especially if I go over there for camp. I like him. He is a great guy."
Crosby, who clocked in at 4.71 in the 40-yard dash at the 2011 South Showcase Combine, says he has yet to narrow down his list of suitors.
"Right now I really have interest in all that schools that have offered me and have been recruiting me," he said. "There are like 30 offers or something like that. No one is really sticking out to me right now."
As Crosby grinds through spring practice he is constantly trying to improve his game despite the attention he has already attracted as a 16-year high school sophomore.
"I am just trying to work on my technique right now and try to get after the ball a little quicker," he said. "I am just trying to get better every day at practice.
"I think I am a really physical player and a sure tackler. I really play with a lot of intensity and try to get after the ball."
After playing with a tight knit group in high school, Crosby says it will be crucial to feel a tight bond at the school he chooses for his college future.
"Early playing time isn't really important to me because I am going to earn my playing time when I get to school," he said. "The relationship with the coaches and the team having a family atmosphere is really important to me."
Crosby's teammate, Aggadoria Bowers, is a 6-foot-3, 180-pound wide receiver currently holds offers from eight Division I programs.
You can see highlights from Crosby's sophomore season below: