SMU needs help in the secondary, and tonight the Mustang received a commitment that might be able to help right away. Saddleback junior college transfer Richard Crawford Jr. has picked SMU over Portland State, South Dakota St, and Stony Brook. Arizona State was also recruiting the junior college sophomore.
"The coaches, players, and the campus were great. SMU is an upcoming program. I honestly think from what I saw we have a chance to play in a BCS bowl game," said Crawford. "Even as a non-BCS team from a smaller conference. But I think what I have seen, we are that good."
Six interceptions last season
Crawford visited over the weekend and received a offer late on Sunday. He followed it up by committing earlier today.
"Coach Odum told me that the kids he recruits are recruited to be starters. He expects to me to come in and be a starter, just like the other defensive backs in this class," said the California product. "I think it's pretty open for everybody to compete for a starting position."
As a sophomore, Crawford recorded 34 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, five pass breakups. He also recorded three punt return touchdowns, averaging 11.4 yards per return.
"Yeah, they talked me about me returning punts as well," said Crawford.
The newest SMU commitment is 5'10 and 180 pounds. His self-reported fastest forty time is 4.35, and he states an electric self-reported time of 4.39.
"I don't like to be thrown on. Period!"