Last season, four-star wide receiver Dylan Crawford amassed 993 yards and 10 touchdowns on 53 catches for La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis. He’s teaming up with four-star quarterback K.J. Costello this year to try to top those numbers in 2015.
Crawford transferred to Santa Margarita Catholic at the start of the semester in January because he plans to graduate in December so he can be an early enrollee at whatever college he chooses. It didn’t hurt that he’ll also get to catch passes from his good friend Costello for a season.
But next season might not be the last for the two together. Both Crawford and Costello have a number of scholarship offers from the same schools. While they certainly aren’t a package deal, Crawford said Costello’s decision is something he will definitely consider.
“Obviously, I’ll have it in the back of my mind,” Crawford said Sunday after the Nike Football The Opening Los Angeles Regional. “I’ll think about where he goes, but it’s not going to be a deciding factor in my commitment.”
One school that is looking at both players is USC, which is high on Crawford’s list.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound playmaker has a good relationship with receivers coach Tee Martin, who he has known since the beginning of his sophomore year when USC officially offered him his “first big-time offer.” Crawford has been to the USC campus several times, but he got to see some new things when he visited for USC’s Elite Junior Invite.
“They gave a lot more info about the school. We got to see the dorms and all that. I really liked that because I knew a lot about SC, but that really opened my eyes even more.”
The No. 10 receiver in the country and the No. 51 player overall in the Scout 300 also likes what he sees on the field with the Trojans, particularly the new offensive system Steve Sarkisian has installed since taking over as head coach.
“That quick pace offense is going to get the ball in the playmakers’ hands — a lot of playmakers’ hands. It’s not just going to one person or anything like that. They really shared the wealth last year.”
While there is still a lot of interest in USC, Crawford said there are a core group of schools that will likely remain in the race for his services until the end. If invited to Nike Football The Opening finale, Crawford said he may make his decision there or said he may wait until some other time in the summer.
“I just like them a lot,” Crawford said of USC. “I like a lot of schools right now. That’s how I feel. I could wake up a different day and think I’m going to go there and just change my mind in the middle of the day. That’s why I’ve really got to do some more research, look into all of the rosters and stuff like that. Still see the coaches. And just get a better feel for the atmosphere for the place over there.”
Here are some of the top highlights from Dylan Crawford’s 2014 season: