Va. DT Has 'Great' First Visit

With a break in his wrestling schedule and a scholarship offer from the school in hand, Aaron Crawford decided to attend North Carolina's Junior Day.

"It went great," Crawford said. "The coaching staff was very welcoming, very nice. The basketball game was great – the atmosphere was impressive. All in all, [it was] a very good visit."

In addition to UNC's basketball game, Crawford's stay consisted of a tour of the football facilities, including the weight room and locker room. For most of the day, the 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive lineman from Ashburn (Va.) Stone Bridge was shadowed by Keith Gilmore, the Tar Heels' defensive line coach.

"It was small talk for the most part," Crawford said. "He was trying to show me the school. He talked to my mom primarily, as well."

UNC left a positive first impression on Crawford.

"It's a great campus, a great school," Crawford said. "[The visit] kind of reaffirmed my thoughts that I can honestly see myself going there. Now I have to go see the other schools and see if I can picture myself there, as well."

Crawford made his second recruiting visit on Saturday traveling to Virginia Tech.

The lack of recruiting visits has contributed to Crawford's inability to name favorite schools.

"To be honest, I want to get to all of them before I say what schools are sticking out," Crawford said. "They're really are no favorites right now."

Crawford's goal is to visit each school that has offered him, which includes Duke and Wake Forest, as well as UNC and Virginia Tech. He's also considering trips to Boston College, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.

"I want to see if any of them spark my interest, as well," Crawford said. "And I want to sit down and talk with the coaching staffs."

Although nothing has been scheduled, Crawford plans to return to UNC in the very near future – likely for a spring practice.

"Next time, I'll be asking more specific questions of the coaching staff and Coach Gilmore about how I fit into the defense," Crawford said. "Really, all we really did [during the junior day] was get a feel for the school."

After starting a single game as a sophomore, Crawford was a full time starter at defensive tackle for Stone Bridge this past season. He ended his junior season with eight sacks and 70 tackles.

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