WVU Adds QB Commit To 2021 Football Class
West Virginia grabbed its fifth commitment in the football class of 2021 with the Tuesday morning announcement of Alabama quarterback Will Crowder.
— Will “Goose” Crowder (@_crowder18) April 7, 2020
An excellent student, Crowder has some two dozen scholarship offers. Power 5 institutions in the mix included Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, along with with Group of Five standouts such as Boise State, Memphis, Southern Miss, Troy, Tulane and USF.
During his junior season at Gardendale (AL) High School, Crowder completed 198 of 282 passes (70.2 percent) for 2,615 yards and 25 touchdowns. While primarily a passer, he can also get out of the pocket and run when the situation demands it, as he picked up 516 yards on the ground this past year.
Crowder’s passing motion and mechanics stand out on his video. He gets into good position by setting his feet quickly, and has a good release point on deep balls. He does drop his arm angle down on occasions, but his accuracy doesn’t seem to suffer as a result, as he completed 70% of his passes during his junior year. He also utilizes that motion to find throwing lanes on shorter passes.
Playing almost exclusively out of the shotgun, Crowder keeps his head up and eyes downfield from the snap. He feels pressure well, and shows the ability to keep his focus on receivers when forced to move. He also flashes the ability to throw accurately while running to his left, and makes a point to get his torso turned and feet set when executing passes across his body.
His tape doesn’t show very many passes under pressure, but on those that are included he shows the ability to take a hit and find a receiver, even when he can’t fully step into his throws.
Crowder joins tight end Viktor Wikstrom, wide receiver Andrew Wilson-Lamp and tackle Wyatt Milum as offensive commitments in the class. Safety Saint McLeod remains the only defender committed to date.