Imhotep Institute Charter High School athlete Mike Crawford already has a scholarship offer, but it's not from a major university like BYU. When Crawford was told by his coach that he had an offer from BYU, Crawford couldn't believe it.
"It was an honor getting that offer from BYU," said Crawford. "I can't really pay for college so it was a great moment for me. It was a great feeling to get that because this was my big first big one and I'm a senior. It made me feel like I was blasted out of the stratosphere."
To say Crawford is excited about BYU is an understatement.
"Yeah, I'm excited about this offer," said Crawford with a chuckle in his voice. "I couldn't stop smiling and I've been smiling all day. My cheekbones hurt! My cheekbones hurt because I've been smiling too much!
"Yeah, I can't say enough. It's a great day and I can't wait to tell my grandma about it. She'll be smiling great just like me. To get an offer from any university is a great opportunity, but for me to get an offer from BYU is really great. BYU definitely shot up to number one for me."
BYU's director of recruiting operations Tevita Ofahengaue, who discovered this under the radar prospect from a private charter school back east, informed Crawford that he had received a BYU offer.
"Coach T was congratulating me and he was telling me about the school and everything," said Crawford. "He was telling me about the communications major, the student-to-teacher ratio, and about the classroom participation. He was telling me about the BYU game this Saturday, and I'll be there supporting BYU. I'll be wearing my blue and white."
Being from Pennsylvania, Crawford is still learning more about what BYU has to offer. However, he's heard many positive things about the nation's largest private institution.
"The school is in Utah and it's a very religious school," Crawford said. "I still have some work to do to learn more, but I know BYU's communications major is one of the top programs in the country. I can't wait to get out there to see how it looks."
Crawford is looking at a few college majors but communications is the one that mostly sticks out to him at the moment.
"I was looking into communications or business or sports science," said Crawford. "Communications is number one right now, but those are some of the majors I'm kind of looking at."
BYU is looking for lockdown corners to play within the Cougars' man-press scheme. Mike Crawford fits exactly what they're looking for.
"I'm 5-11, 185-pounds and I play cornerback, and what I do well is I'm great in man-press coverage," Crawford said. "I've got good feet and can cover really well in the short passing game, but I can also run well to cover the deep ball. My break for the ball is really good but I could improve on that a little bit. Physical-wise, I'm really physical and my coaches like to put me in the box like a rover or a free safety. I move around."
Imhotep Institute Charter School is often mined by Penn State for skill players. The school is ranked fifth in the state this year having already beaten Silver Oak Academy 62-0, Benjamin Franklin 48-0, and Prep Charter 58-0. For Crawford, BYU is another opportunity to compete.
"BYU is another opportunity for me to compete," Crawford said. "I love going out and competing. I've always had to compete and beat out seniors. Here at Imhotep, I've had to beat out seniors for a starting spot and I've started on varsity ever since I was a freshman. I just need to get that opportunity and BYU gave that to me."