Trio Visiting Arkansas

The University of Arkansas will host three official visitors this weekend in Huntington (WV) athlete C.J. Crawford (6-2, 205, 4.38), Columbus (GA) Carver linebacker LeRon Furr (6-3, 225, 4.6) and Destrehan (LA) defensive tackle Darrington Sentimore (6-3, 266).

Arguably the highest-rated 2009 prospect in the state of West Virginia hopes to experience victory Friday night for the first time this season.

Then he'll hop on a plane Saturday morning and head to what very well could be his future college.

Huntington High standout C.J. Crawford (6-2, 205, 4.38), a quarterback/wideout/safety whose team is 0-9 this season, host Nitro – the only team it beat last season – before heading to the University of Arkansas.

"It's been frustrating these last two years," Crawford said. "And now I am sitting here thinking about how this is going to be my last high school game ever. I really, really want to go out with a win. We have stayed in there, lost some games by like 3 or 4 months, gone for the win sometimes instead of a tie. It's been quite the experience."

Crawford will join Columbus (GA) Carver linebacker LeRon Furr (6-3, 225, 4.6) and Destrehan (LA) defensive tackle Darrington Sentimore (6-3, 266) – a current Alabama commit – as official visitors on the UA campus this weekend.

Crawford, who also has offers from Purdue, Wake Forest and Marshall, is excited about seeing what Arkansas has to offer and is being recruited – as is Furr – by Arkansas assistant Lorenzo Ward.

"It's a school that plays in a great conference – the SEC – has great coaches and has had a lot of success in the past," Crawford said. "I am really hyped up at seeing those Arkansas fans and how they all root for one team. I think it could be a great fit for me."

He's also excited about the actual game – Arkansas against undefeated Tulsa, who leads the nation in total offense.

"That's going to be fun," Crawford said. "Tulsa puts up a lot of points, but you guys do as well. I think it is going to great to watch."

He did not rule out committing to the Razorbacks this weekend, but will still take a Nov. 22 visit to Purdue either way.

"They have been recruiting me very hard and I feel like I owe it to them to at least go up there and check it out," Crawford said. "But I am very interested in Arkansas."

The Razorbacks are looking at Crawford, who passed for 1,600 yards, rushed for 500 and accounted for 16 touchdowns last season, at a variety of spots.

He has caught 30 passes for 321 yards this season while taking some snaps at quarterback, some at running back, but mostly at wide receiver.

"Arkansas is recruiting me as an athlete," Crawford said. "The coaches said I could line up as a wide receiver, a halfback or as a cornerback or safety. They just talk about getting me some touches."

Touching the football is one thing Crawford misses this season.

"I was the quarterback last season I touched the ball on every play and I liked being so involved," Crawford said. "As a wide receiver, it's not like that. There are sometimes – and I know it sounds crazy – that I wish I could throw it to myself."

Crawford actually transferred to Nitro – this Friday's foe - before the season started, but came back to Huntington would it was determined he wouldn't be eligible at Nitro.

"It's really no different than any other Friday night," Crawford said. "I just want to go out and try to make some plays and get us a win. All that other stuff is in the past and my teammates and I are just trying to close it out with a win."

C.J. Crawford (photo courtesy of Craig Cunningham of the Huntington Daily Mail

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