Joining Henry To’oto’o as an elite athlete at linebacker is Quavaris Crouch. And more than even To’oto’o, Crouch fits the profile of a guy Jeremy Pruitt is looking for when it comes to being able to play all four positions.
For a while last year, Crouch was the best player in the nation. Certain limitations demoted his rating, but as an official athlete who signed, his potential is still there. On top of that, he was an early enrollee for Tennessee football, so he has a great chance to play alongside Daniel Bituli.
Pruitt has touted Crouch’s work ethic and athleticism and noted that he is still learning the nuances of playing linebacker. Derrick Ansley said they’d keep him inside for now. But his versatility combined with his added experience of being an early enrollee allow him to just slightly edge out To’oto’o on this list.
Given his physical attributes, it’s safe to assume Crouch will be elite at whatever he does on Rocky Top. Hey, maybe that eventually is playing running back. But if he develops at linebacker, he could immediately turn into a superstar with his raw, physical gifts. That he had a spring to somewhat fine-tune them only further serves to benefit him.