For much of the recruiting process Dylan Crawford has kept things close to the vest, but with less than a month to go until signing day the four-star Santa Margarita (Calif.) wideout is opening up a bit.
During Saturday’s U.S. Army All American Bowl Crawford will announce his choice from a list of finalists that includes Washington, Oregon, UCLA, Miami, Michigan, and Georgia. Then when he returns home he plans to ensure he made the right decision by taking a few more trips.
“I’ll probably take three (more visits),” said Crawford. “I’ll probably take one to Miami, one to Washington, and one to I think Georgia. I haven’t really got to get exposed to an SEC environment like that before so I think it would be fun to check that out.”
“(At Miami) definitely you know things are going to turn around there. I think he is going to get them going. Richt is a good coach. I’ve been talking to him recently through (direct messages) and stuff like that. Miami definitely has got a shot.”
“I haven’t gotten a chance to visit Washington at all. They’ve always been in it for me so I feel like it’s in my best interest and their best interest for me to go out there.”
Crawford wasn’t as forthcoming regarding whether he has a favorite among his finalists and he insists that he hasn’t made his decision yet. That said, many recruiting observers believe Michigan is in the pole position as the Golden State star comes down the home stretch. The Wolverines definitely strengthened their chances of landing the talented youngster when they treated him to a strong official visit back in October.
“That was a good experience,” Crawford said reflecting upon his visit to Ann Arbor for the match up with Michigan State. “I hadn’t been up there with the new staff, so I got to go check out the new staff and kind of familiarize myself with all of the people and the players down there. Really it was the players mostly. You get to see how they interact with each other and if you want to be a part of that.”
Since then he has grown even more comfortable with the Michigan’s coaches and with an offense that was inconsistent through the air during the first half of the year.
“I’d probably say I’m in contact with Jedd (Fisch) and Coach Jim (Harbaugh) the most,” Crawford said. “Jedd Fisch is the pass game coordinator there so I talk to him probably more than anybody. I talk to Coach Harbaugh a lot too… just keeping in contact, catching up every now and again.”
“Early on in the season I was kind of skeptical on if they were going to throw the ball or not, but as the season went on you obviously saw them doing a lot more in the passing game, doing different stuff in the passing game, getting it to a lot of different receivers in the passing game. So that was a good thing to watch.”
The evolution of the passing and of Jake Rudock helped establish Crawford’s absolute faith in Harbaugh’s ability to develop signal callers. That why he has absolutely no concern about who the quarterback will be moving forward.
“I know they’ve got a commit here (in the Army game),” said Crawford. “He is on our team… Brandon Peters. He is going (to Michigan). He was at the Elite 11. I got to talk to him a little bit. Definitely there is an opening (at quarterback), but they’ll be able to do it. They’ll have quarterbacks. Jim Harbaugh will make sure they have quarterbacks.”
Faith in the quarterback situation is just one of many things Crawford plans to weigh in the days leading up to his decision.
“Factors I would say (are) education… somewhere where I feel like I can fit in, not playing time… but whether or not I feel like I can go in there and compete… which I believe I can do anywhere, and networking,” he stated. “See where that gets you because you’ve got to look at after football. Definitely want the education, but not only the education…you need some networking along with it.”