Lee Crosby, former defensive back from the University of New Mexico and now is turning his focus to the NFL. Crosby grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and ended up playing for the Lobos after an illustrious Juco (Snow College, Ephraim, Utah) and High School career (Baltimore City College High School, Baltimore, Maryland). Here I interview Crosby about his football career so far and where he wants to go from here.
You played your high school ball at Baltimore City College High School which is known as one of the tougher academic high schools in America. Did you enjoy attending such a rigorous school or would you have preferred something else?
- I absolutely loved it, I picked Baltimore City College High School for a reason, the academics were tough but that’s part of the reason I liked it so much. I liked the sports the most though, overall I had a great time there.
You played your Juco football at Snow College in Ephraim Utah, far away from where you grew up. How did you end up deciding to go there, and what all went into that decision?
- I had a cousin whom was committed to Utah, but he did not qualify so he ended up going to Snow college, when he got there he made it sound really great, and so I got a pretty good feeling about it from him.
Snow College has one of the best football programs of any Juco school, what was it like playing for them, and do you still follow the team’s success?
- It was a great experience, Head Coach Tyler Hughes was awesome, they have some of the best coaches of anyone. I really enjoyed being in a small town in Utah. I feel like I matured a lot and really liked getting to play with a lot of future NFL guys. It was really great competition.
You were blessed to have some options coming out of Snow as to where you wanted to play D1, what made you choose New Mexico?
- I actually committed to the University of Wyoming on signing day, but ended up switching to New Mexico for a couple of reasons, I wanted to change a loser to winner, be part of a rebuild of a team, and the coaches just showed me so much love.
New Mexico plays a very interesting 3-3-5 defense, was it difficult to transition to that scheme, and what role did you have in it?
- I actually felt right in place, I was like the backup corner right away, and I’m glad that I played in that system because I feel like it better prepares you for the NFL game because of how often they have five defensive backs on the field,
New Mexico is a part of the Mountain West Conference, is there any MWC opponents you liked playing against particularly, if so why?
- New Mexico state was always a fun one for us, Utah State as well. New Mexico state obviously because of the in-state rivalry.
You had a pretty great pro day, to say the least, were you happy with your performance there, and what was the experience like?
- I felt okay about it; it was a real bummer though because I had bad food poisoning the night before I was throwing up even, considering that I was pretty happy with the results. I had a lot of fun training with some guys that ended up participating in the combine, that prepared me for it really well.
Correct me if I am wrong, you are attempting to enter the NFL as a safety. Do you prefer the free or strong safety at all or are you pretty comfortable playing either?
- I’m very comfortable with either; it really doesn’t matter to me, I just want to play. Just give me a shot at either of them.
Your first year at New Mexico (2014) you redshirted, what was the biggest reason for this and what valuable takeaway did you get from that year?
- The new defensive scheme took a while to adjust to, the big adjustment was the complexity of the playbook, however. Juco was so much just man or zone, man or zone, the D1 playbook is so complex, it was really nice to have some time to learn it well.
You’re obviously very talented, but where would you say your greatest strength as a player is?
- I would say my greatest strength comes in my versatility, I can play any defensive back position, and I can hit and tackle really well.
You’re pinned tweet shows you as a 6th round pick in a Draft Diamonds Mock Draft, do you expect to get drafted and if so in what round?
- Yeah, I expect to get drafted, If I had to estimate I would say I get picked towards the end of the 6th round.
Where would you like to continue to grow from here the most?
- I have so much to learn about the game; there are so many little things that I can improve on with a better knowledge of the game. I would also like to improve my technique as I continue.
What is one memory from your football career thus far that can you point to as something that you will remember forever?
- Probably beating Hawaii. I had two interceptions, and the game went down to the very last drive, and we won of course. That game was an amazing experience.
What do you want readers to know about Lee Crosby, and is there anything else you would like to say?
- Passion. They are going to get something somebody with passion; I’m going to bring that each and every day.