Crawford Commits to UNC

Days after visiting the school, Aaron Crawford has decided to verbally commit to North Carolina.

"I had very strong feelings for UNC coming out of the visit," Crawford said. "I slept on it and prayed on it over the last couple of days.

"I went up and told my coach. I said, 'I think I'm ready to commit to go to UNC.' He said, 'Give it one more day. If you still feel like that tomorrow then pull the trigger.' That's what I did."

Still feeling strong about his feelings towards UNC, Crawford, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive tackle from Ashburn (Va.) Stone Bridge, called UNC assistant coaches Keith Gilmore and Seth Littrell.

"I told them I would like to join the University," Crawford said. "I don't think they were surprised [because] the visit went great. But they were ecstatic about it. They said they were excited to have me and I'm excited to be with them."

Later Tuesday night, Crawford plans to reach out to Larry Fedora.

Crawford selected UNC over fellow finalists Boston College and Virginia. He also received scholarship offers from Duke, Maryland, Minnesota, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

"Really, it was just I got down there [to UNC] and it just felt right," Crawford said. "I kind of felt at home down there. Really, there was just something that caught my eye. I can really see myself growing there over the next couple of years."

Crawford says his mind began moving towards UNC following his first visit to UNC in January. He attended a junior day held in conjunction with the basketball game against NC State.

"A couple of weeks after that first visit, I was just thinking about all the schools that had offered," Crawford said. "And I just felt great about UNC. I have ties to there -- from my trainer to my coach. It was just a great feeling.

"I thought about them for months out of any school. But I wanted to give it a little time to see if this was what I was actually thinking or if it was just the thrill of me starting the recruiting process and them being my first visit. I wanted to make sure that I really wanted to go there."

Originally, Crawford had planned to revisit both Boston College and Virginia before deciding. He has canceled such plans.

"I'm done," Crawford said. "I don't want to fish around any more because I don't want to be second-guessing myself. I'm very confident in my decision and I don't feel the need to go see any other schools. I'm happy with the one I've chosen."

Crawford is the ninth 2015 prospect to verbally commit to UNC -- the first in over a month. He hopes to assist the Tar Heel staff in increasing that number.

"I'd like to get the best players possible to go down there with me and add on to the talent that they already have there," Crawford said.

Crawford plans to return to Chapel Hill for Fedora's Freak Show.

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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