VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) – Chris Ramey walked into the Ocean Lakes High School weight room, blew his whistle and told everyone in the packed facility to take a seat. The Dolphins assistant head coach then turned it over to the new head man, Joe Jones, who then told everyone to give full attention to two US Army officers standing near the front of the room.
“Something had to be inmportant, because I saw [Ocean Lakes Principal Dr. Cheryl Askew] walking around the weight room and I didn’t know what was going on,” said star defensive tackle Eric Crosby.
“Then, when (the officers) started talking, that’s when it clicked.”
That’s when they announced Crosby, a four-star defensive tackle, as an invite to next year’s US Army All-America Bowl, one of the premiere showcases in the country. “The feeling’s great. I’ve been working hard at this for a long time,” said Crosby, who’s originally from San Antonio, where the game will be played Jan. 7, 2017.
Crosby is one of 90 players selected for the game, which will pit the top seniors in the nation in a matchup of East vs. West, and will also be broadcast nationally on NBC.
“I’ve been to the combines that were down there in San Antonio twice, and ever since my eighth grade year, I’ve been waiting for the invite,” said Crosby.
Recently committed to the University of Tennessee, the 6-foot-1, 297-pound Crosby has become one of the top overall players in Virginia and one of the top defensive tackles in the country. At least one site (Scout.com) has Crosby listed as the top overall DT in the nation.
He still has one more season to play at Ocean Lakes.