Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coach Now Onboard at Sandalwood

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coach Now Onboard at Sandalwood

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Byline: Brent Beaird, County Line correspondent

Jeff McCrone, the former three-year Orange Park High School assistant coach and quarterback (1990-91), is leaving Clay County for his next coaching job, but he is not going far. McCrone is happy about his new job as quarterback coach and passing game coordinator at Sandalwood High School.

"I was either going there or First Coast and I know [Sandalwood head coach] Adam Geis pretty well," McCrone said.

McCrone coached and taught at Orange Park last football season before coaching this spring as an assistant with Fleming Island High. McCrone, the son of former Orange Park High coach Ron McCrone who is now an assistant with Southern Mississippi, signed with FSU in 1991, and finished his career with Tennessee-Martin in 1996. He also played with the Jacksonville Tomcats in the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Shoulder and elbow surgeries limited his college and pro careers.

After advancing to the third round of the playoffs last year with an 8-5 record, Sandalwood is an early favorite to go deep into the playoffs this year. One reason is they play in a two-team district with Mandarin. They also have an influx of several college prospects including tailback Maurice Wells, linebacker Marvin Sapp, a transfer from The Bolles School and quarterback Rusty Smith, a Paxon High transfer.

Wells, the No. 1-rated running back in the nation according to, has been compared favorably to some former and present state of Florida standouts.

"He is like [former Florida State great tailback] Warrick Dunn," McCrone said. "He is as fast as lightening. He is big-time. He is the best running I have ever seen in high school."

McCrone said Wells is as good as Florida tailback Ciatrick Fason, who played at Fletcher High, and FSU tailback Leon Washington, who played at Andrew Jackson.

However, most of McCrone's time will be spent with Smith (6-foot-4, 200 pounds), who he said has all the tools to be a good college quarterback. …

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