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Harding High RB lands lofty position in national recruiting ranking

Harding High RB Quavaris Crouch is the nation's No. 1 running back recruit in the class of 2019. Photographed in the school's weight room on Monday, July 3, 2017.
Harding High RB Quavaris Crouch is the nation's No. 1 running back recruit in the class of 2019. Photographed in the school's weight room on Monday, July 3, 2017. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

There’s only one Carolinas’ player ranked in rivals.com latest Top 100 rankings for the high school football class of 2019.

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Harding High running back Quavaris Crouch checks in at No. 15. Rivals ranks him as the No. 2 running back nationally in his class. North Stafford (VA) High’s Devyn Ford, a 5-foot-11, 185-pounder, is the top ranked running back. Ford ranks No. 10 overall.

Scout.com, another recruiting service, ranks Crouch No. 17 overall nationally and as the top running back in his class.

Crouch, 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, has more than 20 Division I offers from schools like Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and Ohio State. Three of the four in-state ACC schools -- North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest -- have also offered the Harding star.

As a freshman, Crouch was a bright light on a 1-10 team, rushing for nearly 1,000 yards. But as a sophomore, he led Harding to its first playoff appearance in six years. Crouch ran for 1,364 yards and 17 touchdowns, averaging 5.9 yards per carry. He was named the SoMeck 8 conference offensive player of the year.

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