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Large Lineman Makes Big Impression
Americus, Ga.--It happens from time to time that a player comes from out of nowhere to catch the eyes of a coaching staff while on a camp visit. Last weekend was one of those times at Auburn as big offensive lineman Uneik Crumbley from Sumter High was one of the top performers among the big uglies. The word big is used for a reason to describe Crumbley checks, who checks in at 6-3, 343 pounds, but don't let his size fool you because he can move well. With a respectable 40-yard dash time of 5.65 seconds, Crumbley showed his quickness by recording an NFL short shuttle time of 4.97 seconds. It was his performance in the one-on-ones, however, that told the tale. Matching up against talented defensive linemen such as Derrick Mitchell, Xzavier Dickson and recent Auburn commitment Jabrian Niles, Crumbley more than held his own in pass rush drills. He says for him that's what it's all about. "Going up there I expected to do what I had done at a lot of camps, showing out in the one-on-one's," Crumbley tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I did that. I guess they like me now. On film really can't tell how I am. When you see me in person and in one-on-one I'm ready to go. I never quit." A two-year starter heading into his senior year, Crumbley plays offensive tackle in high school but is expected to be an interior player on the next level. With the ability to stone defenders with his size and strength, he says at the moment he's working on his fitness to allow him to play at a higher level for longer periods of time. "I have really good feet and a strong punch," he says. "When my man tries to make any kind of move I just power them out of there. I'm working on getting better footwork and getting in better shape." With temperatures soaring above 100 degrees on the practice field at Auburn, Crumbley didn't have any choice but to suck it up and press forward as he was called on time and time again to compete against the best. "It was pretty hot," he says. "I went like six times back to back. It was pretty tough, but I got through it. They saw that I don't quit. I don't like to lose. I love winning. That's just me." Hearing from Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, UAB, Miami, Troy and Mississippi State at the moment without an offer, he says he likes what he saw out of the Tigers on his visit. "When I got there the stadium was so big I was like ‘wow'," he says. "Then I got there and took a look around the weight room. I think it would be a really good fit for me."
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