Crawford talks new coordinators at Vandy

Longtime Vanderbilt commitment Josh Crawford gave VandyMania.com his take on Andy Ludwig, who was recently hired by Derek Mason to direct the Commodore offense.

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Coach Ludwig comes to Vanderbilt after previous coaching stints as an offensive coordinator at Fresno State, Oregon, Utah, Cal, San Diego State, and Wisconsin. He's hoping to improve the Commodore offense that ranked 125th of 128 FBS schools in total offense in 2014. It was also recently announced recently, that Mason, himself, would assume the role of the defensive coordinator. Crawford says he's in approval of both moves.

"I'm actually looking forward to meeting (Ludwig) this weekend when I go up to Vanderbilt for my official visit on Thursday," Josh Crawford said. "I've already done my research and I know he's sent four or five backs to the NFL. So he's getting his players drafted and setting offense records, so I think that Coach Mason made a very good decision to bring him in.

"On the other side of the ball, I know play-calling is what Coach Mason is best at. When he was at Stanford he was the play-caller for some of the best defensive in the country those years. He's a defensive-minded coach, so I expect it to work out pretty well for us."

The 5-foot-10, 215-pound running back, who committed to Mason on Saturday, March 22nd of 2014 during an unofficial visit, helped Edgewood Academy (Elmore, Ala.) win a fifth-straight AISA Class AA state title and extend their state record winning streak to 58.

"I ended the season with 31 touchdowns overall," Crawford said. "Actually, it was 32 because I had one passing. I rushed for 1,198 yards for a 11.2 (yards-per-carry) average. During our state title run, I felt like I was able to turn it up another notch or two. I was asked to play a lot at wide receiver and one defense as at the rover position. In the state championship game, though, I had 114 rushing yards and a touchdown on 21 carries."

In the post-season, Crawford was the Montgomery Advertiser All-Metro Player of the Year for a second consecutive season. He also earned first team All-State, All-Metro, and All-Area honors. He also earned Offensive MVP honors at the AISA All-Stae game played December 5th, 2014 at Crampton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. Now he's excited to think about the next time he'll step on a football field will be with his new Commodore teammates.

"I'm actually texting with those guys everyday," Crawford said on bonding with his recruiting class. "They're 15 guys in the class so far. I think most of them will be (at Vanderbilt) this weekend with a few others coming to check it out as well.

"I can't wait to get up there and contribute in any way I can, on special team, carrying the ball, whatever, I just want to be a guy who comes in and helps. As a team we'll have our own goals, but, individually, I want to start my career off right with by having a good freshman season."

Crawford will have a ceremony at Edgewood Academy High School on Wednesday, February 4th, National Signing Day, with Herman McKenzie, who is being recruited by Oregon State, Kentucky and Memphis.

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