March 22, 2012

Crooks visits UGA

Carver (Atlanta) offensive tackle Delando Crooks is a man of few words.

You won't hear him talking about how he is one of the most physically impressive prospects in the country or how, when it comes to upside, few have the potential that Crooks possesses.

Crooks won't utter a word about how, at 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, he can run the 40 yard dash in 4.9 seconds and is one of the most athletic big men in the 2013 class.

Lucky for the Peach State lineman, schools all over the southeast have noticed, and the offers keep coming.

"He has a lot of offers, and more offers are going to come," said Crooks' guardian, Troy Vaccianna. "He's good at what he does, and is going to keep getting better. When his upper body catches up to his lower body, there is no telling how good he can be."

Crooks, who is a native of Jamaica, visited the University of Georgia for a spring practice on Thursday, and according to Vaccianna, it is becoming difficult to see anything new in Athens.

"We have been to Georgia so many times, that we aren't really impressed with anything new," said Vaccianna. "We had a great visit, but right now it is mainly about building that relationship, and we can definitely tell that they want Delando."

As an attendee for UGA's Very Important Dawg Day, Crooks got a chance to see the Georgia campus in great detail and share his visit with other top prospects.

This visit, however, was a bit more personal.

"We got to spend plenty of time with the coaches," said Vaccianna. "We met with Coach Mark Richt, and Coach (Mike) Bobo. We also spent some time with Coach (Will) Friend and some other coaches. We also met the Athletic Director (Greg McGarity)."

Since day one of his recruitment, Crooks, who plans to pursue a degree in engineering, has made it known that academics are very important, and he and his guardian have been impressed with what they have seen from UGA's budding engineering program.

"We have learned a lot about their engineering program," said Vaccianna. "They are big on Civil Engineering, and they are growing. They are hiring more professionals in the fall for the program."

When it comes to making a decision about where Crooks will play his college ball, no stone will be left unturned.

"Right now he is just going to look at everyone who is looking at him," said Vaccianna. "We are going to take the visits and learn as much as we can, and then make a decision based on comfort level."

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