Crowder nearing final decision

Crowder nearing final decision

It appears that one of Tennessee's top offensive linemen will soon have a final decision on the school he will choose. According to Tennessee High School center Mac Crowder, that final decision could come as early as the end of this week but should happen in the next five to 14 days. Go "Inside" to get the latest on Crowder's visit to Rocky Top.

It appears that one of Tennessee's top offensive linemen will soon have a final decision on the school he will choose.

According to Tennessee High School center Mack Crowder, that final decision could come as early as the end of this week but should happen in the next 5 to 14 days.

"I may make an announcement this Friday or Saturday or it could happen in the next 10 days or so," Crowder told InsideTennessee.com on Sunday afternoon. "My visit to Tennessee was great. I was more impressed this trip than I was last time. I didn't think that was possible."

Saturday's visit was the first for Crowder's mother, something that was important for him to get behind him.

"Mom had never been on the Tennessee campus, believe it or not," Crowder said. "She thought it was wonderful, she loved everything about it. She really liked Coach (Derek) Dooley and his coaching staff a lot."

Crowder had learned a lot about the University of Tennessee on his previous visit but came away with a lot more information on the in-state school.

"I got to tour the player's lounge this time and I got a chance to see the dorms I might be living in," Crowder said. "Everything is very impressive."

Crowder also got a chance to sit down with all of the Tennessee coaches this weekend.

"I got a lot more one-on-one time with the assistant coaches," Crowder acknowledged. "I also got an opportunity to sit down with Coach Dooley and talk to him for a long while. I got the chance to get to know them more on a personal basis."

According to Crowder, Dooley and his staff are making it well known how important the Bristol native is to the Vols.

"They are telling me I'm a big part of their plans to get this program turned around," Crowder said. "Coach Dooley said he wants to build a championship team with guys like me."

Crowder has narrowed his three favorites to two Tennessee schools and another SEC rival.

"Right now Tennessee is one of my top favorites, along with Vanderbilt and Florida," Crowder said. "Tennessee is definitely there."

Bobby Johnson's recent departure at Vanderbilt has made Crowder do some deep thinking about the situation.

"I have tried not to let it bother me," Crowder said. "I have still thought about it a lot, it hasn't hurt them a lot, but been on my mind."

Crowder is impressed with Coach Dooley's plan to return the Tennessee football program to national prominence.

"He has a plan," Crowder said. "He is impressive. You can really tell he loves being at Tennessee and in the SEC."

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