He’s also drawing interest as a basketball prospect. After helping the Red Devils win a state championship this winter, he’s now playing on the EYBL circuit this summer with the St. Louis Eagles.
But there’s no decision to be made about what Crawford wants to play at the next level. He’s already decided.
“I’m definitely planning on playing football in college,” Crawford told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “It will be nice to walk on somewhere and play (basketball) if they allow me to, but as of right now football is definitely my main focus.”
“Even before the offers came, I made that decision that I want to focus on football,” Crawford said. “It’s just the passion I have for it grew bigger as I began to play. When I sat out my sophomore season, because of my shoulder injury, I dedicated that recovery to, OK, when I come back I need to make a statement because nobody has really seen me play before.
“My junior season I was like, I have to go out and kill because that’s what I really enjoy doing. It’s just a different feel for the game. I will always love basketball — I grew up playing basketball; it’s the first sport I ever played — but football is just a different feeling. I have a different drive for it.”
Crawford’s junior season was a success.
He returned to the field after the injury and was the run-heavy Red Devils’ leading receiver last season, catching 28 passes for 613 yards and nine touchdowns as Chaminade went 12-2.
His focus on football, and finding a college destination, has been slowed this spring while he plays basketball with the Eagles. The summer basketball season started just a few days after Chaminade’s state championship run concluded, which meant Crawford will have to wait a little while to visit more colleges.
“We’re kind of all over the place,” Crawford said of his spring and summer basketball schedule. “A lot of schools wanted me to come to their Junior Days but I wasn’t able to make it because of my basketball season. Ball State was convenient because it was only 45 minutes away from Indianapolis. I’m probably going to do that at the end of the school year, towards the summer. I’ll make my rounds then.”
He’ll have plenty of opportunities to see schools, and have schools see him, at that point. He said his Chaminade team is planning to visit Memphis and Ole Miss and he will plan around those trips.
“I definitely have to make my rounds — Illinois to go see Coach Lovie (Smith) — and definitely the schools that are showing me love right now,” Crawford said. “I have to show them that I’m interested.”
He’s also been able to talk with the college coaches who have stopped by Chaminade this spring. The Red Devils have several Division I prospects, including Class of 2018 defensive tackle Trevor Trout, so the high school will be a popular place for coaches.
“A lot of coaches are coming in the building,” Crawford said. “I talked to Iowa State last week. Illinois is coming back to see me this week. Coach (Keith) Gilmore from Notre Dame will be in the building Friday. Memphis is showing me some love. I talk to a lot of coaches in my DMs on a regular basis.”