Heating Up With Crawford

Xavier was in to see Jordan Crawford on Tuesday and the list of programs pursuing him is increasing by the month. Hargrave's backcourt starter speaks about his recruitment and what's shaking with his scenario.

A lot has happened with Jordan Crawford since his senior year in Detroit. This past summer he basically cranked his game up a notch with The Family and now he's set to be the starting point guard at Hargrave Military Academy.

As a senior, Xavier was all over him and clearly his most thorough suitor. Now, Crawford has caught the attention of a half dozen programs that are monitoring his every move.

"I'm here to improve my GPA," Crawford said of his new residence. "I passed the ACT but I needed a higher GPA to match my ACT score."

While Crawford goes about his business in the classroom, programs are concerned about the business of recruiting him and keeping up with his progress.

Xavier, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, George Washington, Creighton and Penn State really like him. Illinois is beginning to show interest as well. Last Saturday, Crawford indicated a desire to visit Xavier, Arkansas, Illinois and Virginia Tech.

To get him to sign, someone is going to have to convince him there's room at the point for him early in his career. A combo guard by definition, Crawford wants to be the guy who runs the team. He'll get his chance at a high level this season as he's the best candidate to start at that position for Coach Kevin Keatts.

"I expect to come in and make a big impact," Crawford said. "I'd like to either start or be the first man off the bench."

Expect Jordan to take his time with his decision. He's seen what deciding prematurely means. His brother once committed to Michigan, backed off and then signed with Kentucky, causing quite a stir in the process.

"He's laid back," Crawford said of his brother. "My mom and dad give me advice about what my brother experienced. They tell me to make sure you look at the school that needs you, not wants you."

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