Crawford discusses committing to Vanderbilt

The new Vanderbilt coaching staff made a big splash this weekend's "Super Saturday" recruiting event with attaining a verbal commitment from one of Alabama's best rising seniors. At Edgewood Academy (Elmore, Ala.), Josh Crawford has been a force leading the Wildcats to two state championships. caught up with Crawford to get his take on committing to Derek Mason.

"It was Saturday evening, about six or seven o'clock, when I verbally committed to the head coach and the running backs coach," said Crawford. "You know, going up to Vanderbilt, they were already one of the top five schools I was looking at. They had all of the main qualities I wanted in being close to home, having an opportunity to play early, plus the precious education Vanderbilt offers. I already told my parents that if they were to offer I was going to accept and that's what happened.

"With Coach Mason coming in, he's going with the power O. So what he liked about me was my size, but also my ability to move with my size. He also thought I had great hands and such to be a complete back. They wanted a power back to come in. I think all of their running backs are under 200, so they wanted a bigger back and I was the guy they were looking for.

"Coach Mason is a player's type of coach. I really like Coach Mason. He's someone I can relate to. He just doesn't use your athletic ability and then leaves you alone. He's there for the duration to help you become a better man, a better student, as well as a better athlete. I also have a very good relationship with Coach Hankins. I'm glad he's still there.

"It's a big thing to have that [recruiting] pressure off. Now I know where I'm going to be playing my college ball and can work on getting better and winning our fifth straight state championship with these guys. We're starting spring practice right after baseball ends and I'm ready to get back out there."

Edgewood head coach, Bobby Carr, used Crawford at quarterback, running back, defense, and special teams in his junior season. He rushed for 1,675 yards on 204 carries with 27 touchdowns as the Wildcats went 14-0. Crawford accounted for 3,300 all-purpose yards and was named All-Metro Player of the Year by the Montgomery Advertiser. Vanderbilt was Crawford's first offer but had visited Cincinnati, Alabama-Birmingham, and Auburn with strong interest from each school. Crawford maintains a 3.4 GPA at the private school located just 15 miles north of the capital city. He'll be back in Nashville on April 12th of the Commodores annual spring game. Top Stories