This could be the guy. This could be the guy that comes into the Kansas program and immediately serves notice to the rest of the Big XII that Kansas, off a BCS appearance, is now bringing in great players year after year.
Jocques Crawford, 6’0” and now 230 pound running
back from Memphis, Tennessee, is ready to get to Lawrence and start the
next chapter in his life.
“I’m more excited than I’ve ever
been,” Crawford said. “The chance to play D-1
football with a great team and a great program is going to be good for
Crawford likes the fact that Kansas is now playing on a national level
and is receiving much more exposure than it has in the past. Those
things are great, and so is a chance at the NFL, but those
aren’t reasons why Crawford chose Kansas.
“I’ve been playing since I was 5, so of course I
have been dreaming about the NFL. A lot of people just dream about the
NFL, but KU was better for me for what I want to do in life,”
Crawford said. “I want to win National Championships, but I
also want to start my own business one day. I want to major in Business
Management, and maybe start my own non-profit organization one
Certainly appears that Crawford is ready for the challenge that awaits
him at Kansas. It’s a challenge is eagerly awaits, and even
wanted to get on campus earlier to accept that challenge.
“I was hoping to get there in the spring, but it looks like I
will get there at the end of May or around then,” Crawford
said. “I will just have to work harder in the summer to learn
Crawford realized that his game is ready for this level, but he also
knows that he has things to work on in order to get the playing time he
hopes for early in the 2008-09’ season.
“I think I need to work on blocking better on blitzes.
That’s something that I will work on getting better
He also brings an aspect of his game that will remind a lot of people
of another running back that just finished his career at Kansas,
“I think one thing I do really well is, well, I’m
not afraid of contact. I will challenge DB’s if they try to
tackle me. Usually they try to go low and I just run over
them,” said Crawford.
Crawford, who will sign tomorrow, felt Kansas was the best fit for him
after considering TCU and Texas Tech. Tech, of course, is where his
younger brother currently plays. Fortunately for KU, Crawford jumped at
the opportunity to not play with his brother.
“I think that will be fun. I’m excited that I get
to play against my younger brother starting next year.”
Exciting as that may be, Crawford also had some words for
KU’s biggest rivals Missouri and Kansas State.
“I’ll be racking up a couple hundred on
Crawford Ready to Sign
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