Cards looking good with Crawford

Louisville appears in great shape with Mark Crawford, a 6'1, 285 DT from Coffeyville (KS) C.C. Crawford, who visited the Cardinals over the weekend, is heavily considering signing with Louisville next month but is still waiting to see if three other BCS programs recruiting him step up with an offer.

Over the weekend, Mark Crawford and his mother checked out Louisville and watched the Cardinals host Big East rival West Virginia at PJCS – a 35-21 Louisville loss. The Cardinals will lose both starting defensive tackles to graduation and defensive coordinator Ron English is looking for a few good men to come right in and help up front on the defensive line.

"He had a good visit and likes that (Louisville) is close to home but he's still keeping his options open a little bit," said Coffeyville coach Darian Dulin. "I think he felt like early playing time was an option for him there. His mom went with him on the visit, too, and that helped out."

Crawford also has offers from UAB and North Texas. He's scheduled to make an official visit to UAB next month and has already been to North Texas. Right now, according to Dulin, Louisville and UAB are 1-2 on Crawford's list of favorites.

"UAB and Louisville are the (top) two right now but I think he's got a couple other (schools) he's waiting to see if they're going to set up a visit with him," said Dulin.

Crawford will visit UAB Dec. 6. Originally from Indianapolis, Crawford is waiting to see if schools like Kansas, Illinois and South Florida will offer him a scholarship. Those three programs are showing interest and are still evaluating him and trying to decide if they'll offer.

"I think he's got great ability," said Dulin. "He uses his hands very well as a d-lineman. He gets off the ball – he has great ‘get-off.' He's a great pass-rush type guy and he also plays run decent, too. He causes havoc from the nose position. And the best thing is he has a great GPA and he gets out in December."

A freshman, Crawford has three years of eligibility remaining.

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