Crawford Headed to NC State

NC State has secured a verbal commitment from one of the top defensive linemen in the state as Charlotte (NC) Northside Christian Academy defensive end Sylvester Crawford has committed to the Wolfpack.

NC State has secured a verbal commitment from one of the top defensive linemen in the state as Charlotte (NC) Northside Christian Academy defensive end Sylvester Crawford has committed to the Wolfpack.

Crawford, who checks in at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, unofficially visited NC State for the William & Mary and East Carolina games, and he stated the attention he received from the Wolfpack made his decision an easy one.

"I've been going up to NC State for the past few weekends, and I just fell in love with NC State," he said. "I verbally committed to them yesterday. I first called coach Bridge and then I talked with coach O'Brien. I told him I was looking forward to being a Wolfpacker.

"They were happy. Coach O'Brien was saying to keep doing my job on the field and in the classroom."

He committed to NC State over an offer from West Virginia. Crawford played last season at Victory Christian, where he tallied an astounding 18 sacks as a junior.

"He's a great up-field pass rusher," Victory Christian head coach Frank Crockett previously informed Inside Carolina's Don Callahan. "He puts you in the mind of a young man we had here a year and a half ago -- Kourtnei Brown. [He's a] speed rusher, great contain guy, heads up type player -- a player that gets a lot of sacks because of his athleticism.

"He's very smart, very intelligent. Great speed, great hands, great footwork -- those are his best assets as a defensive end."

This summer, he transferred from Victory Christian to Northside Christian to play for Brentson Buckner. Buckner, an ex-Clemson defensive tackle who played 11 seasons in the National Football League, accepted the head coaching job at Northside after serving as Victory Christian's defensive coordinator.

Through five games, Crawford said he's recorded 12 sacks from his defensive end position while also starting at fullback on the offensive side of the ball. He'll play defense in Raleigh and stated the chance to play early was a factor in his decision.

"I love NC State," he said. "It's close to home and I have a great relationship with coach Bridge. Plus, I like the depth chart... I think I can come in and play. They need defensive linemen."

Crawford is NC State's third commitment of the week, joining Cleveland (OH) wide receiver Bryan Underwood and Cincinnati (OH) tight end Anthony Talbert.

Pack Pride will have more on Crawford's decision in the near future so stay tuned!

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