Sam Crawford has seen Colorado State's volatile offensive production this year and thinks he could be part of the solution in the passing game. As such, the four-star Scout rated wide receiver will take an official visit to CSU December 9 to determine whether Colorado State is the right fit for him.
So far, he likes what he is hearing from the CSU offensive staff and what he has seen in the Rams' true freshman quarterback, Collin Hill.
“I'm really close to their coaching staff and I feel like it could be home. I could fit in with the people around there and the coaching staff. They really throw it and Collin Hill's really good, too. That would be a good fit for me, I believe,” Crawford said. “Coach (Mike) Bobo, Coach (Doug) Saylor and Coach (Alvis) Whitted, the receivers coach, I talk to all of them and I really enjoy talking to them.”
The four-star narrowed his list of suitors near the end of summer to Colorado State, Navy, Nevada, Texas State, and Tulane. Academics will play a major factor in his decision, so he revealed an Ivy League school – Dartmouth – as being a potential landing spot as well. South Florida also remains in the picture.
He has yet to schedule other official visits, but noted Navy, Texas State and Tulane as possible visit destinations.
Rockwall is off to a disappointing 1-5 start to the season, but Crawford's priority is helping his team finish the season strong. Therefore, the plan is to schedule his other visits after the season and commit either in December or January.
Crawford had a breakout junior season in which he caught 77 passes for 1,459 yards and 19 total touchdowns. He has since followed that up with a senior year that includes 30 catches for 615 yards and seven scores, plus 140 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
The thickly built, 6-foot-1, 190-pound receiver said CSU's coaches envision using him in a variety of ways offensively. But they think it's as a downfield threat in the passing game where he could reach his highest potential.
“They have a young quarterback that I would be playing with if I went there, so he's really good,” he said. “They say I'm really good at beating one-on-one coverage, which I think I am. They like that I can consistently beat one-on-one coverage and make explosive plays.”
Scout national recruiting analyst Greg Powers noted Crawford as a big time playmaker and offensive threat in his player evaluation of Crawford before the start of his senior season.
“Crawford is a big wide receiver who had a tremendous junior season and is waiting to break out on the recruiting front,” Powers said. “He is an easy mismatch against smaller corners. He can out-muscle defenders for 50-50 balls. He is one of the more physically impressive specimens that you will see, and is a guy who could pick up a scholarship just walking off of the bus. He is very explosive off the snap and is physical enough to beat a jam. He can play on the outside, but also lines up in the slot creating a huge mismatch in the spread offense because of his size and speed combination.
Crawford's visit to CSU will not be his first trip to Colorado. He said the weather and location are both favorable in his mind, as is CSU's academics. He anticipates majoring in Architecture or Business.