Dylan Crawford just recently turned 17, but he’s taking a mature approach to his college recruitment.
The four-star wide receiver just watched his friend and new teammate at Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic, four-star quarterback K.J. Costello, commit to Stanford. USC and UCLA are pressing hard to keep the local product from heading out of town. Pac-12 schools like Washington and Arizona State have also inquired about his services. He's also one of the players new Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is trying to pull out of California.
But Crawford is still waiting out the process and weighing his options. He’s hoping to land a couple more scholarship offers from marquee college football programs.
“That’s kind of what I’m doing right now. Still trying to get Oregon. That’d be huge for me. Still waiting for Bama to show more interest too. Nebraska is starting to show me some interest. Right now, I’m still looking at my options, but definitely in the summer, I’ll probably make a commitment.”
Along with teams like Oregon and Alabama that have been battling for national championships recently, he’s also looking across the country at a former powerhouse.
“Have you seen the Miami class? The Miami class is ridiculous right now. They’ve got loaded talent. You can just see that they’re going to do something special, so that’d be cool.”
In other words, it’s similar to Crawford when he gets a one-on-one matchup: wide open. He said he’d be hard pressed to even try to narrow it down to 10 schools. He’s being pulled in many different directions and he’s open to a number of options, including whether to stay home or take to the road.
“Obviously, I could play in California, but I feel like out-of-state, that’s a nice way to go. Just get away from people and have a new life basically.”
Of course, just a minute later, Crawford was raving about how comfortable he is with USC and UCLA and how both schools “still feel like home at the end of the day.” He plans to attend the spring games for both schools and wants to continue to familiarize himself with the facilities, the programs, the players and the coaches.
But first up for Crawford is a trip to Stanford this weekend. He expects Costello will be in his ear telling him how great Stanford is. This will be his first hands-on experience with the Cardinal.
“That visit's going to be huge," Crawford said. "I’m just going to see how it is. I’ve never been there so this will be my first time just checking it out, checking out all the facilities and getting a feel for all the coaches and all the guys.”
Having Costello in the class can only help Stanford because now Crawford will have a familiar gunslinger to target him.
“You know that you have a quarterback in the class. That’s obviously big. You want to go somewhere where a guy can give you the ball and let you make plays. You can go there and do what you need to do.”
Early on, it was suspected Crawford was USC’s to lose. That has cooled some. But Crawford credited other programs with catching up to the Trojans rather than there being a falling out of any sorts.
“My interests on SC right now are still pretty high, but I’d say it’s gone down a little bit since probably the summer.”
As we all know, the mind of a 17-year old can change with the winds…as can the body. Because Crawford is younger than most of his 2016 recruiting classmates, there is a little bit more projection for the 6-foot-1, 175-pound wideout. And college coaches are salivating over the possibilities.
Crawford suspects he still has some more growing to do since he said his older brother is 6-foot-3 1/2 and his father is 6-foot-3. With his brother weighing around 215 pounds, Crawford sees that as a potential projection.
“I just turned 17. I feel like I’m going to develop. I feel like I’m going to get a lot stronger. We’re working here every day until late at night in the weight room, on the field. I’m doing track right now, getting faster. Basically just trying to get bigger, faster, stronger for the season.”
Along with his football progress, Crawford said he is also already on track to graduate early so that he can enroll early in the college program of his choosing. His body may not yet be mature, but he has shown his approach is.
Here is Dylan Crawford highlights from The Opening LA event last month: