Crawford Felt Wanted During Iowa Official

After a late game the night before, Jonathan Crawford boarded a plane early Saturday morning for his official visit to Iowa. The Florida safety was happy he did as he enjoyed his Hawkeyes experience. He spoke with HI about it and what's next in his recruiting process.

Jonathan Crawford hasn't reached decision time yet. When he does, he's looking to feel as he did on his weekend official visit to Iowa.

"It will kind of be like it was at Iowa; a lot of love. People knew me at the airport from, I guess, reading on the computer that I was coming. There's just a lot of love and the environment is good and it's just a comfortable place to be," he said.

Crawford, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound safety, played a game for Largo (FL) High Friday night, hopped on a plane at 6 a.m. Saturday morning and was at Iowa's game against Iowa State that afternoon. He hung out at Kinnick Stadium with Leesburg (FL) High receiver Adrian Falconer, who verbally committed to Iowa in June and was taking his official visit.

"We got close real quick. It wasn't nothing weird or nothing. We kind of bonded with each other," Crawford said. "He told me that he picked Iowa for the same reason I liked my visit. The environment is great and all the fans love you. He told me that when he visited in June that's when he really started to like it."

Crawford's coach at Largo is former Hawkeye Safety Marcus Paschal. He teaches his players a similar system to what's employed at Iowa.

"With Coach (Phil) Parker, we just talked about the defense. I knew a lot of what he was talking about because with Coach Paschal we run a lot of the same stuff. It was cool knowing a lot of their defensive schemes," Crawford said.

After seeing the academic side of things on Sunday, Crawford met with Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz.

"He just said he was glad to meet me and was glad that I came on an official visit. He was just being real honest. He told me I'm a good player and they'd like to have me. He just talked about what it was like at Iowa," Crawford said.

Crawford hopes to use a yet-to-be-determined official visit during his bye week. He's considering Syracuse, Indiana and Louisville as possibilities for that.

After that, Crawford likely won't take any other official visits during the season. He wants to focus on his senior campaign.

"My commitment will probably be after the season because some schools I won't get to until after the season. I'm going to try to take all of my official visits," he said.

Crawford has listed different schools has his favorite throughout the process. He said he doesn't have one now.

"It just changes because sometimes I don't hear from coaches from a school for a while and hear a lot from another," Crawford said. "I talk to the Syracuse coaches the most right now. But I haven't really narrowed it down yet. I'm not ready to commit. I'm wide open."


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