FT. LAUDERDALE, FL -- After hitting it big with top in-state stars like RB Edwin Baker and LB Chris Norman, the Michigan State coaching staff has turned its attention out of state to add to the class of 2009.
One state that has supplied so many former Spartans is Florida and yet another player has caught the eye of the Spartan staff, a big-time safety by the name of Frank Crawford.
Crawford is a widely sought-after commodity coming from the talent-rich south and with strong defensive backfields at a premium in today's college game the offers are coming from far and wide.
"Recruiting is starting to pick up; I'm getting a couple more offers and I was recently offered by Michigan State"
The 6-foot 170-pound Crawford is currently ranked as a 3-star prospect and holds an impressive 11 offers, including some from other teams in the Big 10 like Minnesota and Illinois. The Badgers and Illini are two schools that may pose serious threats to MSU's recruitment of Crawford if he decides to commit to a school early.
"(I was in contact with the MSU coaches a lot) when they first offered me, but ever since I haven't really talked to any of them."
Despite possibly cooling off on the Gulliver Prep product, MSU remains solidly in the running with Crawford insisting that he had no favorite, or even a top five for that matter, at this point.
"I don't have (a top five) right now. But I have offers from Michigan State, South Florida, South Carolina, Syracuse, Iowa State, Duke, Minnesota, Illinois, FIU, Alabama and Mississippi"
MSU has a solid tradition of recruiting the Sunshine state, with the 2008 roster boasting five Floridians including defensive secondary member's Roderick Jenrette, Ashton Henderson and Jeremy Ware. Crawford would not only continue this tradition he would also fit right in with hard nosed type of player Mark Dantonio wants on his team.
"Free Safety (is my favorite position), because I can see the field and help (my corners) navigate right and I want to be accountable for it. At Free Safety I'm the last man and I like the responsibility of being in that position."
Crawford is also an extremely athletic player for his position, notching 6 INT's to go along with 40 tackles his junior year.
At an April Under Armour/Scout.com combine in South Florida, he tested extremely well, posting a vertical leap of 38-inches and broad jumping over 10 feet. This kind of athleticism would be a great asset to a program on its way to competing with the Ohio State's of the world.
The Spartans only have one current 09 commitment that is expected to end up on the defensive side of the ball so Crawford would be a welcome addition to an already promising class. Luckily for Dantonio and Co., the Miami native and 1st-team All-Dade County star has no reservations about leaving home to play the game he loves.
"I'll go to any college. It all depends on what's best for me; it's not about distance or anything like that."
Expect the recruitment of this southern Florida star to heat up once he begins to make the rounds and teams begin to see how electric he can be and most importantly, expect to hear his name again.
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