Sterling, VA (Feb. 17, 2016) – Potomac Falls senior defensive lineman Malik Crowe signed his National Letter of Intent to play football for Bridgewater College.
“My recruiting experience was both fun and stressful at the same time, shared Crowe. It was a blessing knowing that colleges were out there looking at me, and believing I have the skill set and ability to play at the next level. Despite that, it was a relief to commit. It’s great to both know where I’ll be the next four years of my life, and doing what I love and that’s playing football.”
Bridgewater College, is a private, coeducational, four-year liberal-arts college in Bridgewater, a Shenandoah Valley town in Rockingham County, Virginia. With a backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Allegheny Mountains to the west, Bridgewater’s backyard is one of the most scenic areas in the nation. Bridgewater celebrates the arts, scholarship, performance, innovation, and research excellence through the offering of more that 60 majors and semester abroad programs.
“The biggest factors that went into my college selection were what school would offer me the best education alongside the college experience. Where I would fit in best with football was equally as important.” Crowe also shared how he and his mom thought through those factors and discussed them on numerous occasions. After investing a lot of time researching the options, it was Bridgewater College that came up the winner.
Crowe’s head football coach will be Michael Clark. Clark enters his 22nd season as head coach of the Bridgewater football program and his 37th year as a collegiate coach. In one of college football’s great turnarounds, the 13 winning seasons under Clark this century already has surpassed the five the program enjoyed in its’ previous 64 years of competition. It is a run that has included five ODAC Championships, a 36-game conference winning streak, and 16 NCAA Playoff games.
“My first year, I am expecting to go in and make an impact as a freshman and be the best player I can be on and off the field, said Crowe. I want to help the team out in any way I can.”
Crowe has played football since 6th grade, starting out with the Ashburn Youth Football League (AYFL), and then with the Lower Loudoun Boys Football League (LLBFL) in 7th and 8th grade. He’s played with Potomac Falls ever since him freshmen year.
During that tenure, when asked about one his fondest memory playing football, Crowe share, “my fondest memories playing football are just being with my brothers every day playing the game we love. Running out with them on Friday nights, grinding with them on the practice field, competing with them in front of stands packed with screaming and yelling fans. Each and every memory will live with me forever.”
“I’m most thankful for God, if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be anywhere near who I am today. He has blessed me in so many ways that I can’t even imagine. Next I’m thankful for my mother; she has been with me every step of the way ever since I told her back in 5th grade that I wanted to start playing football in middle school. She has been my biggest supporter on and off the field and I love her for that. I’m thankful for my closest brothers Dondrea Tillman, Stevie Carter, and Josh Dorsey who have been with me since little league. Lastly I’m thankful for all of my Potomac falls coaching staff, especially my head coach, Coach Jason Allen. He has pushed me places I have never been before and I needed that as a football player and as a man. Alongside with my other coaches Coach Brandon Jackson, Gerald Oswald, and Paul Barnes they have all been there for me pushing me to be the best I can be.”
When asked what advice he’s give to others pursuing their dream, Crowe shared, “I would just advise them to just be humble and take it one step at a time. If you have been given the blessing to be able to play at the next level, take advantage of it, but also figure out what’s the best fit for you off the field as well, because football might not be how you will live the rest of your life. Be sure to focus on your education and grades.”
Please join us in wishing Malik Crowe the very best on the gridiron and in his pursuit of a Business Administration and Law degree from Bridgewater College.