UNC Offers Florida Safety

While in Larry Fedora’s office on Saturday afternoon, North Carolina became the last school to offer Jonathan Crawford, a 6-foot-2, 171-pound safety from Largo (Fla.).

“He just told me he liked my film and that he could use me in the secondary,” Crawford said. “And that’s when he offered me.

“I was happy. I didn’t think he was going to offer me. I thought he was going to wait a little bit. I guess he wanted to wait until he saw me.”
The UNC scholarship offer brings Crawford’s total to 23. Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, and Syracuse are among the schools to have offered.

Crawford began hearing from UNC about two weeks ago. At the time, his stat sheet listed him with 36 tackles and two interceptions while playing linebacker and safety. He has started on Largo’s defense since his freshman year and then added starting receiver duties during his sophomore campaign.

On Saturday, Crawford arrived in Chapel Hill at approximately 1:30 in the afternoon. Upon his arrival he was given a full campus tour.

“I like how everything is real close,” Crawford said. “I feel like you don’t have to go too far to get to class or get to practice. It’s just real convenient how everything is close together.”

Following the tour, Crawford was introduced to several UNC assistant coaches and had the meeting with Fedora which resulted in the offer. None of the UNC coaches that Crawford spoke to discussed exactly which safety position he projects as within the Tar Heels’ 4-2-5 defensive scheme.

That night, Crawford witnessed a slugfest between UNC and Georgia Tech which saw the Tar Heels score a knockout with 11 seconds remaining in the game.

“The mood changes in the game were crazy, because there were a lot of ups and downs,” Crawford said. “I liked everything about the fan support – [especially] the chants. It was real nice up there.”

In addition to the atmosphere of Kenan Stadium, Saturday’s contest permitted Crawford to evaluate UNC’s secondary in-person. He believes he wouldn’t have difficulty playing in that defensive scheme.

“I think I would be able to help that defense out a lot,” Crawford said. “My goal is to play early and I’ll have a chance to do that there – that’s really important to me.”

Also important to Crawford is education. Thus, UNC’s academic reputation is very attractive to him.

Crawford, who caught a 7:30 a.m. flight home, figures to return to UNC after the football season for an official visit.

“I already talked to Coach Fedora about [the official visit],” Crawford said. “It’s really up to them [whether it’s in December or January]. It’s whenever they’re free for and whatever works out.”

All of Crawford’s future official visits will be taken after the season. He did, though, officially visit Iowa in September because the Hawkeyes’ staff wanted him to be in Iowa City for the rivalry game against Iowa State.

“It was really my first college game,” Crawford said. “So I think that’s what really got me. The fan support is crazy up there. It was crazy up there, overall.”

Crawford plans to take all five of his allotted official visits, but doesn’t have any trips scheduled. He says that Indiana and Syracuse will definitely receive a visit.

Crawford doesn’t claim a favorite school and said he likely won’t make a verbal commitment until closer to Signing Day.

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