Florida DB Crawford Talks Rutgers Camp

Palmetto (Fla.) athlete Cory Crawford was one of the hidden gems at Rutgers camp last month, up to 11 verbal scholarship offers. Crawford camped for the second year in a row and held a verbal offer under the former coaching staff. Is the new staff close to an offer? How hard is he being recruited?

Palmetto (Fla.) is loaded with football talent and brought many of the top players to Rutgers in late June for the full camp experience.

Class of 2013 athlete Cory Crawford is one of the biggest names at the school and camped at Rutgers for the second time in two years. As a rising junior, he earned a verbal scholarship offer from Greg Schiano's staff, he said, and hoped to do the same for new head man Kyle Flood during his visit.

"I came to Rutgers looking to keep making a name for myself in 1-on-1's," Crawford said. "I'm proud of it because it went really good just having a winning mindset and making interception after interception."

Crawford claims 11 offers, including UCF, Western Michigan, Western Kentucky and Cincinnati, but said he is not hearing much from the other schools that offered.

A two-time camper, Crawford said Rutgers could jump to the top of the list with a verbal offer.

"It's great," Crawford said. "I love coming to the campus and camping [at Rutgers]. If I could, if they gave me a scholarship, then I might be back here a lot. They'd probably be my favorite. I might play here."

The DB/WR built a strong relationship with former running backs coach Chris Hewitt, but said new tight end Darnell Dinkins is one of his favorite recruiters. At camp, he received good contact with many of the new staffers, including defensive line coach Jim Panagos and defensive coordinator Robb Smith.

"I love coach Dinkins," Crawford said. "He's talking to me all the time. He stays on me and make sure everything is right. [At camp], the coaches work with me a lot to make sure I'm in the right spots to make plays. The defensive coordinator told me he loves me, gave me some good tips."

Crawford understands that his old verbal offer is no longer good with the staff turnover, but thinks Flood and company are just as interested, he said. Before earning an offer, however, Crawford expects to have to show more in game situations.

"I think they'll offer if I have a good senior year," Crawford said. "I hope so."

Crawford is hearing the most from Western Michigan and Central Florida, but has no plans for a decision and expects to take things all the way to National Signing Day. At 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Crawford projects best as a cornerback or safety in college.

As a safety at Rutgers camp, he made double-digit interceptions during 7-on-7 tournaments Monday and Tuesday night.

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