Change of Heart for Crawford

NC State has landed a verbal commitment from former Boston College pledge Wayne Crawford. A talented two-way lineman from Philadelphia (PA) Chestnut Hill Academy, Crawford visited the Wolfpack this past weekend.

NC State and head coach Tom O'Brien have continued a recent, successful run in recruiting by landing another verbal commitment for the class of 2007. The most recent pickup comes at defensive tackle- a major recruiting need nearly every year.

DT Wayne Crawford thought he had recruiting behind him when he committed to Boston College last year. However, the sudden move of head coach Tom O'Brien to NC State forced him to take a step back to re-evaluate his options. The 6-3, 280 pound lineman made an official visit to State this weekend and capped it off be re-committing to O'Brien and his new, future home.

"I'm no longer committed to Boston College. I'm committed to NC State," said Crawford. "I love the potential of the program. When I first started looking into information on the school, some folks were trying to tell me that I couldn't get as good of an education there as I could at Boston College. But when I looked at it, they have great academics and they're really deep into research. I plan on majoring in Environmental Science."

Crawford told Pack Pride that the entire visit was exceptional and left no doubt for where he plans to play his college football.

"The visit itself was great," he said. "I committed to Boston College when coach Tom was there and after he left it got a little shaky because I turned down some other offers. But coach called me and asked me to come down for a visit. He told me the message was the same, it was just in a different location. For me, I'm just a hard-nosed guy that wants to play football and get a good education."

Crawford is rated a two-star prospect by As a senior, he tallied 50 tackles and three sacks en route to all-league honors.

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