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Next up on your Orange-Man Orientation, #51 Eric Crume.
Position: Nose tackle
Weight: 330 pounds
Hometown: Detroit, MI
High School: Detroit Central
2010 Stats: He's a freshman, so, none.
2011 Projections: Originally noted as weighing 315, SU is now listing him at 330. If it' true that he's around that weight, it makes you wonder if he's going to be a serious challenger for folks like Jay Bromley (269), Cory Boatman (274) and Ollie Haney (279) just on principle. On a defensive line that lacks size, Crume brings SIZE.
How'd He Get Here?: After a career that included 191 tackles, 33 sacks, one interception and 13 forced fumbles, Crume had some interest from a few Big Ten schools but went with Syracuse, where he liked "the direction of the program." Credit Tyrone Wheatley with getting the fellow Michigan man to head East.
Money Quote: "The coaches made me feel really welcome. I think they can give me the tools to be successful on and off the field...There’s a rare chance that anyone’s gonna make it pro in any sport. You gotta get your degree in order to be successful in life.” - via the Fizz
Links of Wonder: Here's the story on Crume's commitment to Syracuse.
Doug Marrone Thinks: Nothing specific but Crume did say "Coach Marrone wished me a happy birthday," so you know he cares.
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Eric's middle name is Armani. Hold on to that for future nickname discussions.
Let Us Get A Good Look Atchya: First up, some highlights set to some truly-awful music. That's followed by a Day in the Life of Eric in high school.