SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Michigan received a big west coast pledge in 2016 four-star wide receiver Dylan Crawford (Santa Margarita, Ca.) during Saturday's Army All-American game.
For Crawford, his relationship with the Wolverines wasn't something that caught fire immediately. The relationship and vibe with U-M was established during his sophomore year and, of course, finished off once the new coaching staff was brought in.
"All-around I really just fell in love when I was up there my sophomore year," Crawford said. "Even though it was a different coaching staff I still got a little bit of a vibe with them, once they got that new coaching staff in it was pretty much a wrap."
Passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch has certainly made his mark on the 2016 class with building relationships. Being Crawford's primary recruiter, Fisch has laid out plans for how he sees Crawford fitting into the offense going into the future.
And that's certainly taking advantage of his athletic ability.
"I've been talking to Jedd a lot and him and I are real cool with one another," Crawford said. "He sees me going in there being a dynamic player getting those jets and fly sweeps, stuff like that. But also being able to go down field and make plays."
Now, the big question remains.
With the emergence of some playmakers on the U-M offense last season, the need for day-one contributors isn't a necessity. However, it still doesn't mean that a player can't head into camp and earn his way onto the field.
Though nothing specific has been said to Crawford, his mindset going into camp is to get to work to earn playing time by any means necessary.
"There's definitely opportunity if you go in there and compete, you're going to find time," Crawford said. "If you're going in there and do what you do, you're going to find time on the field"
Despite being comitted to the Wolverines, Crawford has preliminary plans to take some remaining official visits (in which he gave an "if he takes visit qualifier" to the question) to Georgia, Miami, Washington and UCLA. However, nothing has been currently set in stone.
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