Sleeper Owns Four Offers

Despite owning four offers, Greg Elleby flew under the recruiting radar until he verbally committed to North Carolina a month ago. His cross-town rival, Ricardo Crawford, is following the same path thus far.

"He has four official offers right now," said Crawford's head coach Vernon Brigman. "Georgia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and Appalachian State have offered."

Crawford, a 6-foot-2, 305-pound defensive tackle from Cerro Gordo (N.C.) West Columbus, is also receiving interest from N.C. State, North Carolina, Duke, Virginia, Clemson, and East Carolina.

Crawford isn't taking his time with his recruitment. He unofficially visited Georgia on May 7th and Virginia Tech last weekend.

"Well, he liked both of them," said Brigman. "Both of them have things that he likes. He liked some things better at one school and other things better at the other school. But, Georgia was the first one to offer so he kind of feels that they were the first one to step up and think he was worth an offer."

Crawford will make his second unofficial visit to Georgia this weekend, but this time will have his family along with him. He also plans to camp at Wake Forest this summer.

These unofficial visits are vital to his recruitment as Crawford hopes to settle on a school before the season starts, graduate in December, and enrolled in January.

"Where ever he goes he'll be in spring ball next year," said Brigman. "He'll graduate in December. He's already qualified – he's got his GPA, he's got his SAT."

Whichever school has Crawford on board come January will be receiving an athletic lineman with great burst off the line.

"He'll play a three-technique nose tackle – he'll play inside somewhere," said Brigman. "He's 6-2, 305 pounds and can dunk a basketball. He's very explosive – there's nobody in the state that you're going to find that is more explosive then him. As far as strength, you're not going to find anybody in the state that is stronger than him – he's squat 630 pounds. He gets off the ball quick – he can beat out an offensive lineman before he gets out of his stance."

Last season, Crawford recorded 71 tackles including 12 for a loss of 50 yards.

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