VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) — One of the nation’s top high school football players made his college choice today and Virginia Tech’s loss is the University of Tennessee’s gain.
Ocean Lakes High School junior Eric Crosby has accepted a scholarship to play football at the University of Tennessee. He chose the Volunteers over the Hokies.
“It’s a big relief,” Crosby said. “I was waiting to get it over with, can’t believe this day has come.”
Crosby is 6 foot 2 and weighs 290 pounds. He plays some running back in high school, but he was recruited for his defense. Crosby is rated as the 6th best defensive tackle in the country.
“Every time I go up there they make me feel like I’m at home,” Crosby said. “It’s a great place to be. Knoxville is a big city, big gameday atmosphere, and just a great place overall.”
Today also happened to be Crosby’s 18th birthday. His mother Amy said the Tennessee coaches felt like family, and she can’t wait to see her son play in the SEC on one of college football’s biggest stages.
“18 years ago I had no idea we would ever be in this position,” Eric’s mother said. “I’m just so thankful. It’s exciting for me, a little nervous, my first one to go away to college but definitely very excited.”
Before he heads off to Tennessee, Eric Crosby has another season to play at Ocean Lakes. Joe Jones will take over as the new head coach for the Dolphins, but Chris Ramey returns as an assistant and he’s seen Crosby’s development first hand,
“Awesome kid, he’s done nothing but grow as a young man from 9th grade to his junior year,” Ramey said. “His best days are ahead of him. He’s a big kid, athletic big kid, and I think the next level is going to take him to another level.”