Four-star athlete JaquayIn Crawford has begun narrowing his options and released his top 10 earlier this week.
“I’m definitely still open in my recruitment, but I do have a top 10 at the moment,” Crawford told GN.
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— ⛵️ (@KingCrawford_) March 12, 2017
Crawford (5 feet 9, 160 pounds), from Rockdale (Texas) High, is considered a top-25 athlete nationally in the class of 2018. Rockdale is about 45 miles west of College Station and about 60 miles northeast of Austin.
Among Crawford’s top 10 are both Auburn and Florida.
“Auburn runs an offense a lot like what I’m in now in high school, so I could see myself playing there,” Crawford said. “I also like Coach (Kodi) Burns, their receivers coach. He’s a real cool guy.”
Crawford has a connection to the Gators.
“Florida is my favorite school, and if I’m watching college football on Saturdays, I’ll be watching the Florida Gators,” Crawford said. “I have been a fan since the Tim Tebow days. I’m a diehard Gator fan, so it’s pretty cool that I have an opportunity to play for them.
“When I was young, I was a fan of whoever was winning. In 2006, when Florida won the title, I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m a Florida fan now.’ Then, they won again in 2008 when I was starting to really understand football more and I was like, ‘Yeah, I really like Florida.’ Tebow and Joe Haden and Brandon Spikes — watching them, I was like, ‘Yeah, I think I’ll stick with this team.’ That’s how that worked. I’m a big Gator fan.”
Crawford knows exactly what he is looking for in a college destination.
“Playing early is real big for me,” Crawford said. “I want to go somewhere where I can play as a true freshman or redshirt freshman and not sit the bench for two, three or four years. I also want to be able to fit into their schemes both offensively and defensively.
“I want to go to a place that I enjoy and where I can see myself for the next three, four, or five years.”
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Crawford, who says most schools are recruiting him as a wide receiver, will have a busy month ahead of him. He plans on visiting LSU, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Baylor in that span.
Crawford sums up his game succinctly.
“Speed is my biggest asset,” Crawford said. “On either side of the ball, it’s hard to keep up with me. I won state four times in track, and that was just my freshman and sophomore years.”
Crawford won the state Class 3A 100-meter title in 2016 with a clocking of 10.53 seconds, and he also helped Rockdale win the 4×100 relay twice and the 4×200 relay once.
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