Has Crawford closed the door?

Clemson received a commitment from Corey Crawford late in the summer and the Tigers have hung onto him up until this point. He is being pursued by a number of schools including Florida and Georgia, so is he listening? Find out here.

"I am still a strong verbal commitment to Clemson," said Corey Crawford. "I am a little stronger now maybe than I was a few weeks ago. Clemson is a great place, they have great coaches, I really like it there, and I can just see myself playing there right now."

Other schools are trying not to make it easy for Clemson to hang onto the 6-foot-5, 252 pound four-star defensive end.

Some top programs are still in pursuit.

"I have already visited Florida State and they are still recruiting me, but I would say Georgia, Florida, Ole Miss, and Arkansas are recruiting me the hardest right now. They all want me to visit them."

"I have not heard a lot from FSU lately and I don't want to say they are out of it, but I am not really looking at them right now. I am still kind of looking at the others though a little."

Looking yes, but just how serious? There are only six more weekends between now and signing day with two of those surrounded by Christmas and New Years and he has no official visits set up at this time.

Clemson is obviously going to get one, so what about the rest?

"I really don't know any other schools I am going to visit other than Clemson right now," said the Columbus (GA) native. "I know my teammate David Beasley (also a Clemson commitment) is visiting there this weekend and I could end up visiting with him, but it is not set up yet."

"The other schools have talked to me about it, but there have been no dates set up or anything."

The school right down the road from Clemson in Athens (GA) has been in pursuit of Crawford for months. They had him interested, but the coach he was connected with is no longer there.

Crawford has gained over 15 pounds since 2008.
That hurt the Dawgs.

"When Coach Fabris was let go by Georgia, then it definitely hurt them to an extent. I really liked him a lot and he was the main reason I was considering them. I worked with him at the camp and I honestly feel he made me better this year, so him not being at Georgia affects my interest in them some. I am still talking to Coach [John] Lilly, but I want to see who they hire as their defensive ends coach now before really looking them again."

A number of SEC schools are trying, but right now Crawford sounds strong in his commitment to Dabo Swinney's Tigers. He is playing basketball, but other than that, really just two things are on his mind as we enter the Christmas season.

"I am just working on getting my ACT score where it needs to be so I am qualified and I am thinking about helping Clemson win a National Championship when I get there," said Crawford. "Right now I really think I will end up signing with Clemson on signing day."

Crawford finished with over 60 tackles, 12 sacks, and one interception which he returned for a touchdown in 2009.

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.

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