With the Wildcats preparing for the loss of Myron Pryor and Ventrell Jenkins from the defensive line, adding impact replacements is a priority. Mark Crawford is that kind of player. "Mark has great get off," said Darian Dulin. "He uses his hands really well. Most of all, he's got a good motor," said Dulin.
"He needs to be a little more consistent. He can dominate at times. Other times he doesn't player like he should. That's the biggest thing. If can get that consistency, he can be a good player," said Dulin.
Crawford was a big part of the Coffeyville defense this year. While they only won three games this year, they were "a different team" with Crawford in the lineup. "He got hurt at one point this season. He had a slight knee injury. He just disrupts the offensive line's play and schemes," said Dulin. Even with the injury, Crawford was second in the conference in sacks on the season.
The 6-foot-1 305-pounder is a redshirt freshman this season. He'll be enrolling at Kentucky in the coming weeks and be eligible to be a part of spring practice which is an added bonus. Crawford will also have three more years of eligibility to play for the Cats.
Crawford visited Kentucky last weekend and chose to make his commitment. He also had interest from several other programs. "He visited Louisville previously. North Texas, UAB and Florida International were involved. He was also being recruited by Kansas and Illinois," said Dulin.
Crawford is a member of the All Jayhawk Conference team. Crawford is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and a 2007 graduate of Ben Davis High School.