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While in the Triangle for the Nike Training Camp a week ago, Antonio Crawford decided to remain in the area and visit several nearby schools.

"We visited North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, and East Carolina," Crawford said. "After the Duke Nike Camp, we stayed a couple of days and visited a couple more schools to see how they were."

Accompanied by Tampa (Fla.) Plant teammates Austin Aikens, James Few, Drew Madhu, and Nathan Shienle, Crawford arrived in the area on Saturday afternoon. After participating in the Nike Training Camp on Sunday afternoon, the quintet visited Wake Forest. On Monday, they visited Duke followed by UNC. Before heading home, the group visited East Carolina and NC State on Tuesday.

"It was good," Crawford said. "They coaches that I met were very nice. Everything was first class. I saw a lot of things. I loved North Carolina – for me it stood out above the [other visits], but all the other schools were nice, too."

Crawford, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete, enjoyed his UNC visit so much that the school has catapulted itself into his leadership position.

"I loved [UNC]," Crawford said. "I feel like I could see myself on campus there and I felt comfortable."

A scholarship offer from UNC would, at the very least, cause Crawford to contemplate making a verbal commitment.

"I'm not going to say [I'd commit] for sure," Crawford said. "But most definitely it would be my one of my top choices."

Crawford has collected scholarship offers thus far from Ball State, Bowling Green, Florida International, and Ohio.

The majority of Crawford's time in Chapel Hill was spent touring the campus, including the locker room, weight room, and Kenan Stadium.

"I loved everything I saw," Crawford said. "I thought it was first class."

With the UNC coaching staff on the road for the final stretch of the Evaluation Period, Crawford was unable to speak to any of UNC's assistant coaches during his stay.

"All of their coaches were out on the road," Crawford said. "But, I've talked to Coach [Troy] Douglas before and he has come by my school."

Besides the aforementioned visits to schools in the Tar Heel state, Crawford hasn't made any other recruiting trips and doesn't have any more planned.

"I'm going to two or three camps," Crawford said. "I know I want to go back up to a camp at UNC but I don't know yet, and Miami's camp."

After starting two games during his sophomore season, Crawford became a fulltime starter for Plant at both wide receiver and cornerback as a junior. He ended his junior season with 52 receptions for 656 yards and seven touchdowns, 14 rushes for 141 yards and a score, 55 tackles, three interceptions, and 15 pass breakups. Plant ended the season in the FHSAA 5A Title game.

Schools are recruiting Crawford for both wide receiver and cornerback.

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