2009 Intro: Sylvester Crawford

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Victory Christian Center School boasted the best pass rushing attack that you've not yet heard of in North Carolina high school football last fall. The bookends of the pass rush, defensive ends Sylvester Crawford and Justin Fox, return for their senior years.

Heading the attack – at least production wise – was Crawford, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound defensive end, who ended the season with 18 sacks.

"I was aiming for about 20 [sacks]," Crawford said. "I was a big part of the defense. I was in on a lot of the big plays."

After seeing his junior season end at the hands of eventual NCISAA state champion, Charlotte Latin, Crawford has high expectations for his senior campaign.

"We did pretty good this [past] year," Crawford said. "We fell in the semi-final game again. Overall we had some strong points and some down points. I'm just looking forward to my senior year, so that we can win it all."

Victory Christian head coach Frank Crockett spoke highly of his most productive defensive end.

"He's a great up-field pass rusher," Crocket said. "He puts you in the mind of a young man we had here a year and a half ago -- Kourtnei Brown. [He's a] speed rusher, great contain guy, heads up type player -- a player that gets a lot of sacks because of his athleticism.

"He's very smart, very intelligent. Great speed, great hands, great footwork -- those are his best assets as a defensive end."

The combination of size, speed, and production has attracted the attention of college recruiters.

"I've been getting a couple letters from Auburn, NC State, and [North] Carolina," Crawford said.

In a letter Crawford received Tuesday afternoon, UNC invited him to their junior day this weekend, which he plans to accept. He also hopes to make unofficial visits to Auburn, NC State, and South Carolina.

"I would like to go visit schools around the area," Crawford said. "I don't want to go out too far."

Additionally, Crawford has already been invited to summer camps at Auburn and NC State.

"We're hearing great things, especially from the University of North Carolina," Crockett said. "They watched some film on him and they like his style, they like him being aggressive, they like his up-field style. I'm hearing the same from North Carolina State, as well."

Although his recruitment has truly just begun, Crawford is favoring one in-state school.

"I really do like Carolina," Crawford said. "And [I like] NC State and South Carolina – schools around the area.

"I just like the program [at UNC]. North Carolina, they just got Butch Davis. Butch Davis did real well at Miami. I'm pretty sure he's going to turn things around at North Carolina. I want to be apart of that."

Crawford says he's "not in a big rush" with his recruitment and isn't sure when he'd make a verbal commitment.

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