Final Visits

Casey Crawford, who could play several positions in West Virginia's constantly moving offense, is down to his final three schools. He visited the first of those this past weekend when he traveled to Morgantown to check out WVU.

"The visit went really well," Crawford said. "Coach Beilein and the rest of the guys are awesome. We had a really good time, and I got to hang out a lot with the rest of the team."

Crawford, who was accompanied on the visit by his mother, received a personal tour from the coach.

"Coach Beilein took me around campus. He showed me the dorms and apartments where the team lives, and we got to see the football stadium, although the team was playing at Maryland.

"Most of the time was spent with the players. Darris Nichols was my host, and he was cool, but it wasn't really just him. We hung out with everyone – it was more like the entire team was my host. We also had dinner with the coaches.

One of the things Crawford is looking for in his search for a college home is a feeling of comfort, and he got that at West Virginia.

"If anything was a surprise, I'd have to say it was the way everyone treated me. They just treated us really well, and it was a very good experience."

Although the Mountaineers made a great impression on Crawford, the recruiting game isn't over just yet. He has visits scheduled for Wichita State on Sept. 23 and Texas A&M on Sept. 30. Those two schools, along with WVU, are the final three on his list. Following his visits, he will sit down and make his college choice.

"There are several things I'm looking at," said Crawford. "Playing time as a freshman, and how I get along with the team are two big ones. I will be playing with them for four years, so that is important. Also how the coaching staff treats people. And finally, I want to get a good feeling about the campus."

West Virginia would appear to be in good shape on those counts, but it looks as if it is going to be a tight race for his services. The Shockers and Aggies will no doubt put on a big push to capture the versatile big man, who says he is "almost 6-10" and 215 pounds at last measurement.

"The coaches at WVU said they could see me playing the three, the four or the five," Crawford said. "I like the offense. It would allow me to be versatile, and I think I would be comfortable in it."

Crawford also admitted to being a bit surprised by the recruiting process, noting that he never thought he would get so much attention.

"I didn't think it would be this hectic," he said of the way his recruitment has heated up. "If you would have told me back in sixth grade all this would have happened, I would have said you were nuts."

West Virginia fans, of course, hope that Crawford ends up being nuts for the Mountaineers, but they'll have to wait a few more weeks for his decision.

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