Florida State's Bobby Bowden Camp was again a success this year. Hundreds of campers came to town to participate in the long-time camp, with some leaving a lasting impression. With approximately 70 defensive backs in attendance the best at the camp was 3-star prospect Frankie Crawford. As a junior Crawford had 6 interceptions, taking 2 back for touchdowns. With his 40 tackles Crawford earned 2nd team All-State as well as 1st team All-Dade County. With an absolute stellar performance at the camp, Crawford showed he's going to be a force heading into his senior season.
"The camp has been going good so far," said Crawford. "This is my first visit to Florida State. I'm seeing a lot of new things and I really like it. I came into the camp just trying to compete with everyone and work with the coaches here so I can get better."
Compete may be a word that doesn't express what Crawford did at the camp. No one was able to catch the ball on him, as he showed excellent coverage and ball skills.
"I feel like I did well," said Frankie. "I wanted to come out here and shut it down and I think I did that. I was able to make some big plays. I had like 3 interceptions and the rest I got a hand on. No one caught a ball on me so I am proud of that."
Coming into the camp Crawford told NoleDigest that had 13 offers. He's been going to camps around the nation to gain more interest and says he hopes his performance at the FSU camp will lead to an offer down the road.
"Recruiting has been picking up," said Crawford. "I have 13 offers from schools like South Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Michigan State, Iowa State and Syracuse. I'm looking at FSU, too. I like them. The coaches were telling me after the camp that they'd be staying in touch with me on the phone. They came to my school during the spring but this was the first chance I got a chance to really talk to them. My good friend Patrick Robinson goes to FSU and he likes it a lot and has been doing well. Hopefully I can get a chance to visit again because I didn't get a chance to see everything."
"I also camped at Miami earlier in the summer," explained Crawford. "Miami was my favorite school as a kid but that doesn't mean much. I think I did pretty well at their camp too but they haven't come at me with an offer yet."
The 6'1" 170 pound defensive back says that he is in no rush to make a decision, stating that he is planning on waiting to see who else offers him a scholarship. While he isn't sure yet who's going to extend an offer, he does know what he is looking for in a school.
"I am going to wait until after the season to make my decision," said Frankie. "I want to take a couple visits at least because I am not going to commit to a school before I see it. I talk to the coaches who've already offered me and right now the schools who like me I like."
"When it comes to what I am looking for the visits will help me out," explained Crawford. "I want to see how what it's like being around the players. I want to play early on and I want to have an opportunity. Distance isn't a factor for me as I will go play wherever as long as the school fits me."
If Crawford is able to take the momentum from his camp performance and translate into a big senior season look for the scholarship offers to roll in. Frankie is a player the coaches at FSU will be keeping their eyes on. With the need for quality defensive backs it's not out of the realm of possibility to see FSU offer the Gulliver standout before it's all said and done. Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Frankie's recruitment, as well as the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.