Last spring Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods defensive back Tamarion Crumpley stepped forward during the Warriors open workout in front of a large group of college coaches.
A year later, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Crumpley ended his recruitment with a pledge to Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck after building a strong relationship with one of the Golden Gophers’ newest coaches, Paul Haynes.
First Star Football Report caught up with Crumpley to discuss his pledge and more.
“For me, committing to Minnesota was not hard,” said Crumpley. I already had a good relationship with Coach Haynes from when he was at Michigan State. With him going to Minnesota and me talking with him every day along with Coach (Joseph) Rossi and with Coach Fleck texting me every morning sending me stuff about Minnesota, it played a huge part in my decision.”
The early relationship between Crumpley and Haynes did have some important words from the Warriors’ standout mother.
“I’ve built a great relationship with Coach Haynes along with my mom,” he said. “When Coach Haynes was at Michigan State, my mom told him how she was about me. The other day when I committed, she told him if my son commits to you I expect you to take care of him. Coach Haynes said he would and told me I knew he got me. Since he and I have known each other, we’ve built a great relationship and it just keeps building.”
What led Crumpley to give Minnesota his early verbal pledge?
“They told me they had one spot left,” he continued. “I was already thinking about committing there. In fact, I wasn’t even thinking about it being the last spot as I was going to commit anyway. I was thinking Minnesota was where I wanted to go and where I wanted to be. So when Coach Fleck called me that night and told me they had one spot left, I told him, coach, I’m committed.”
In his dealing with Coach Fleck, Crumpley fed off the energy of the Golden Gophers head man.
“Coach Fleck is a very high energy guy and an amazing guy,” stressed Crumpley. “He would send me messages every day about the brotherhood they have there and how there is more than just football in making my decision as I’ll get a great education and have monster opportunities to do some big things. That all sounded great and that is what led me to Minnesota.”
With recruiting under a new set of rules Crumpley has felt frustration in how recruiting has changed.
“It was very frustrating,” he said. “While I would have loved to get a first-hand look at everything, I got a great virtual tour that showed me everything I needed to see. It is what it is and I can’t really do anything about it other to just wait to make my visit.”
How have things changed for Crumpley with the stay at home order?
“I stay in the house a lot of anyway,” he said. “In fact, I was down in Georgia training with a defensive back specialist and working on my craft. I just got back a few days ago and have been working out doing push-ups and running and things like that.”
You can check out Tamarion Crumpley in action from this past season in his junior HUDL highlights.