Along with UNC, Crawford, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive tackle from Ashburn (Va.) Stone Bridge, recently named Boston College and Virginia his three finalists. However, he still is leaving the door open for Notre Dame, if it decides to offer.
"I'm going to take a visit up to Notre Dame and although they haven't offered, they are one of the schools that have caught my eye and I want to see what they're about, too," Crawford said. "If they offer, they could sneak into [my final list]."
The "next step" Crawford speaks of is making a verbal commitment. He's unsure exactly when he'll take that step, but anticipates it occurring within a month's time.
"It could be the night of my last visit or it would be the week after," Crawford said. "But it will happen shortly after that."
Crawford says he doesn't have a leader among his three finalists.
"I can't really say, because I still want to take thorough visits of the other schools," Crawford said. "I want to see what they have to offer. They're all on an even field in my mind."
Saturday's trip to UNC – which he made with his mother – only helped the Tar Heels' chances with Crawford.
"It affected it greatly," Crawford said. "I feel really comfortable around the coaching staff. I feel really comfortable in the area. It's a beautiful town, it's a beautiful campus, and I really enjoyed my time down there."
The visit was Crawford's second to UNC. He previously attended the Tar Heels' Junior Day in January.
"This visit I got to go around and tour the campus," Crawford said. "We actually got to go inside one of the dorms to see what that would be like living on campus my freshman year if I choose to go there. I got to sit down and get a lot of face time with Coach Fedora. We also got to meet with some of the people that are a part of the business school and we got to get a small tour of that."
Crawford's "face time" with Fedora constituted a 30-minute meeting in the head man's office.
"He told me and my mom what he was about," Crawford said. "He asked us our background and we got some questions in. It was a great conversation."
Crawford also spoke briefly with Keith Gilmore, UNC's defensive line coach. Between the conversations with Fedora and Gilmore, Crawford received an idea of UNC's defensive tackle situation for the 2015 class.
"They'll take as many as two, but they're not indifferent to taking only one," Crawford said.
Jason Tudryn, who was recently appointed UNC's Director of High School Relations, served as Crawford's host for the day.