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Friendship RB/DB Crockett chooses Cincinnati

Friendship Collegiate running back-defensive back Malcolm Crockett orally committed to Cincinnati Wednesday evening, according to Knights Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim.

Abdul-Rahim said the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Crockett had whittled down his choices to Michigan and Rutgers, in addition to the Bearcats.

Abdul-Rahim said the recruiting process had begun to wear on Crockett, who wanted to go somewhere where he knew he would have a shot to play running back. So far, Crockett is the first running back to commit to Cincinnati in the Class of 2011.

"It's different for running backs because there's so many of them," Abdul-Rahim said. "You don't want to go anywhere where they offer [scholarships to] too many running backs. He had his sights set on some other schools, but when you start seeing so many guys commit there, you don't know what you're getting at that school."

Crockett rushed for 776 yards and scored 12 touchdowns last year for the Knights, after transferring from Einstein. As a sophomore, Crockett led Montgomery County in rushing with more than 1,500 yards.

Friendship, which sent five players to Division I schools last year, could duplicate that this season., Defensive back Lorenzo Fisher has offers from Buffalo, Temple, New Mexico and Eastern Michigan, while his partner in the Knights' backfield, Deandre Price has ones from Richmond and New Mexico. Tight end Denzell Stanback has been offered by Eastern Michigan.

Maryland recruit Larry Mazyck, a 6-7, 330-pound offensive lineman, who played last year for Friendship, will spend this season at Fork Union, according to Abdul-Rahim.

By Alan Goldenbach  | August 19, 2010; 12:05 PM ET
Categories:  Cincinnati, Football  
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