Crouch still solid on Illinois

Crouch still solid on Illinois

Chayce Crouch left no doubt about his future college plans in light of Wes Lunt’s transfer to Illinois.

“Absolutely,” the Newark Catholic (Ohio) quarterback and Class of 2014 commit said when asked if he was still on solid ground with Illinois. “I’m definitely still committed to Illinois. I’m excited I have someone with college experience to kind of mentor me when I’m below him. I still plan on coming to Illinois and competing for the starting job, but I’m definitely excited to have another quarterback help me be the best I can.”

Crouch spent this past weekend in Champaign-Urbana visiting the campus again. Since his commitment to Illinois on May 1, he has worked out primarily with his high school team and its receivers.

“We’ve been throwing almost every day,” Crouch said.

This came after Crouch played an integral role on Newark Catholic’s baseball team this spring, starting at first base for the eventual Division IV state champions.

Crouch will try to lead the Newark Catholic football team back to at least the brink of a state title during the 2013 season.

The Green Wave — who finished second last season in Division VI and will stay in Division VI this season despite Ohio increasing football to seven classes starting this fall — open their season at 6:30 p.m. (CST) on Friday, Aug. 30 against Bishop Ready (Ohio) High School at Dublin Jerome (Ohio) High School.

“Our team has some goals set that we did not accomplish last year, such as winning the state championship and winning our league outright,” Crouch said of the 2012 Green Wave who finished 12-3 and featured Crouch throwing for 2,077 yards and 18 touchdowns. “I’m real excited to just be with the team and get the pads on.”

Crouch had to do some research on Lunt when he found out the former All-State quarterback from Rochester picked Illinois.

He liked what he heard.

“I haven’t seen him play, but I know that he’s similar to me in the fact of his body type and the type of quarterback he is,” said Crouch, who measures in at 6 feet, 4 inches and 215 pounds. “The Illinois coaches have been honest to me throughout the whole process, and I’ve been honest with them. Some schools have tried to contact me, and they still recruit me, but I’m committed to Illinois.”

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