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Tim Stevens, J. Mike Blake, Clay Best, Aaron Moody, and Elliott Warnock follow all the news for high school athletes from Wake, Orange, Durham, Chatham and Johnston Counties. 

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Crisp: State felt like home

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Chapel Hill High's Rob Crisp and his brother Pete Singer attended N.C. State's football practice Tuesday and decided it was time to announce what they had known in their hearts for a while.

They called Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien on Tuesday night and told him they were ready to commit to State.

"Every time I go there, it feels like home," said Crisp, a 6-foot-8, 316-pound offensive tackle who is the top ranked junior football player in the state. "I feel comfortable there."

Singer, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound junior free safety, and Crisp had decided they were going to the same school. They had more than 35 scholarship offers, including ones from each school in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

"I like everything about State," said Singer. "It is not too far from home, but not too close. It has one of the best design schools in the country. The academics are really top notch.

"But one of the biggest things was that the State coaches always made us feel at home. More than anything else, the feelings we had for the players and coaches was a big factor."

 Crisp said he knew that coaches at other schools would continue to call.

"But I am a man of my word," Crisp said.  

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awesome timing

just a few days after the end to an abysmal basketball season and will probably take a little of the air out of your avg walmart heels fan's day.

I'm excited about Crisp, too bad we missed on Xavier Nixon, that would have given us the top 3 OL in the state, 3 years in a row, 2 out of 3 isn't bad i guess.

Good News

A man of his word, that is a perfect fit to TOB's team. TOB is a man of his word as well.

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Tim has covered high school sports for more than 40 years. He is the only active newspaper reporter in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame and is a member of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. He was the co-author of the original NCHSAA record book. When he not writing about boys and girls, he often is at church or in a theater. Email Tim.
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