"I just found out that I was officially cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse," said Crawford. "I thought I was before but something came up with my academics so I had to appeal and wait to hear back from them.
"Coach Bridge called me and told me that everything was taken care of, and I'll be able to move up this week. I'm excited about it."
Because he was cleared late, Crawford was unable to enroll at NC State for the second summer session and won't be on campus until later this week. He stated the plan is to enroll and then participate in the Wolfpack's first practice next Monday.
According to Crawford, he didn't consider any other options before receiving the news.
"Honestly, we never talked about what would happen if I didn't make it through the clearinghouse," he said. "Coach Bridge didn't talk about prep school or junior college... our focus was on me getting into State now. I'm glad I don't have to go down those other roads."
Regarded as one of the top defensive ends in the state, Crawford had a monster senior season for Northside Christian Academy. He totaled 73 tackles, 22 sacks, two fumbles recoveries, and two blocked field goals. He also notched 18 sacks during his junior season at Victory Christian.
He picked the Wolfpack over West Virginia.
Although NC State has several upperclassmen above Crawford on the depth chart, the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder is coming in looking to try and earn some playing time.
"I know State has some very good defensive ends like Willie Young, but I'm going to try and go in there and push them," said Crawford. "I've been working out with my old high school team, running and hitting the weights, and I feel like I'm in good shape.
"I think if I go in and work hard, I might be able to get some playing time. That's what I'm working for."
Crawford was on the Wolfpack's latest roster in the 2009 Media Guide. He's slated to wear No. 96.