Crawford discusses upcoming season

Two months after the hiring of Derek Mason by Vanderbilt, Josh Crawford became the first player to verbally commit to the new era of Commodore football. As Crawford begins to embark on his senior season at Edgewood Academy in Elmore, Ala. The 5-foot-10, 215-pound running back checked with with VandyMania.com to give his take on the his upcoming season as well as the Commodores.

"I've been committed to Vanderbilt since way back in March," Crawford said. "I'm still firm on that decision. It's always been my dream to play in the SEC and what better play to do that then at Vanderbilt. They have great academics and it's close to home. I wasn't able to make it up there this summer but I plan on going to a majority of the home games this season. I'm not sure, with my schedule, if I'll be able to make it to the Temple game, but definitely I'll be there for Ole Miss.

"I think we'll have a great season. I've seen what the coaches can do and what they've been instilling in the players and I expect them to have a big year. I can't wait to go up for a game. I'm looking forward to getting to know some of the other recruits. I've actually been texting and doing Snapchat with Donovan (Sheffied) and talking to Kyle (Shurmur), but I haven't met any of the other guys in the class face-to-face yet. From what I can tell, we're getting some good players. It's going to be a great class to part a part of and do big things with at Vandy."

Crawford is part of a dynasty at Edgewood Academy. The Wildcats, coached by Bobby Carr, have won 45 straight games and four straight AISA AA state championships. Crawford says he's ready for one final run before reporting to Coach Mason in Nashville.

"I'm going to play some at quarterback this year in the wildcat," said Crawford. "This summer I trimmed off all the body fat to get faster, learner. I'm ready for a big season. I definitely think we have a good chance at winning state again, but the key will be staying healthy."

Vanderbilt fans in the Montgomery area may be interested in checking out Edgewood Academy when they begin their quest for five with a road game against Coosa Valley Academy.

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