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Quandarious Crump is the
kind of athlete who can amaze even those who watch him perform day after
Lexington (NC) High School
coach Joe Gaddis has seen every practice and game that Crump has
participated in over the last two seasons, and even he has been
surprised from time to time by plays made by the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder.
“Earlier this year our
quarterback threw a pass to Quandarious in the end zone,'' Gaddis said.
“Everyone in the stadium just knew when he threw it that the pass was
too high. It looked like he threw it 10 feet too high.
“All of a sudden, I don't
know … something happened. It was like Quandarious was shot out of a
cannon. He goes up way higher in the air than you could imagine and
brings the pass down with one hand like it was nothing. He was like a
man among boys on that play. He's just in a different league ability
wise than anyone around him.''
The East Carolina coaching
staff is hoping Crump can recover from a knee injury that cut short his
senior season at Lexington and make some spectacular plays for them in
the near future. Crump became a member of the Pirates recruiting Class
of 2012 in mid-November after also entertaining a scholarship offer from
Before Crump arrives in
Greenville, he’ll spend a semester at Hinds Community College in
Mississippi. “I plan to go to junior college my first year, then enroll
at ECU,’’ Crump said.
Crump is taking the JUCO
route in part to continue rehabilitation from a knee injury that cut
short his senior season at Lexington. While running the ball on Oct. 14
against Salisbury, Crump tore the ACL and MCL in his knee.
The injury shortened a
season in which Crump had rushed for 503 yards on 47 carries and scored
six touchdowns. It also sidelined him for basketball, a sport in which
he’d twice been named to the all-county team.
Crump had surgery on
November 18 and his recovery has progressed faster than expected,
according to Gaddis.
“To be honest, he’s doing
too well because in PE class he’s out there trying to play basketball on
it,’’ Gaddis said. “He’s not far enough along to do that, but it feels
so good he wants to try. He’s ahead of the game in terms of recovery.’’
A two-way starter since
his sophomore season at Lexington, Crump is a legacy of sorts at the
school. He followed in the footsteps of his cousin, Cory Holt, who was a
quarterback at Virginia Tech from 2003 to 2007. Holt accounted for more
than 6,000 yards of total offense during his career at Lexington.
But until Crump started
being recruited by major colleges for football, his favorite sport was
basketball. He played for the Lexington varsity hoops squad as a
freshman and averaged 12 points and seven rebounds last season as a
“People kept telling me
that football was my best sport, so I started to work at it a little
harder,’’ Crump said. “I guess I’ve become a pretty good player.’’
Good enough to catch the
attention of the ECU staff, which stuck with him even after the knee
“They stuck by my side and
that meant a lot,’’ Crump said. “The coaches there really treat their
players the right way.’’
Crump will make his
official visit to Greenville on January 20.
Although he spent much of
his time in high school playing running back, Crump expects to play
outside linebacker for the Pirates.
“I think I’m pretty good
at everything,’’ Crump said. “I cover, I hit pretty good and I can make
“He’s one of those guys
who can do it all,’’ Gaddis said. “I think they’re (ECU) looking at him
more on the defensive side, but I’d say the coaches on offense may be
battling for him before it’s all over with because he can do some damage
with the football in his hands.’’