Eli Crawford enjoys time in Jacksonville, AL

North Oconee safety Eli Crawford may be flying under the radar, but his recruiting process is starting to heat up. Crawford, who was recently voted "Team MVP" for defense, already has one offer and could be very close to picking up another. Check inside for more on the North Georgia safety prospect.

After being named honorable mention All-State by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and first team All-North Georgia, Eli Crawford has elicited attention from several schools across the nation.

"Jacksonville State, Gardner-Webb, Coastal Carolina and Valparaiso are probably the top schools showing me interest," said Crawford. "I'm thinking about going to Coastal Carolina and Jacksonville State for official visits. I'm in the process of working something out now."

Valparaiso was the first to offer the the 6-foot-2, 292-pound strong safety from Bogart, Ga.

"Valparaiso offered me in the summer," Crawford said. "It's a really good program, but I really don't have any interest in Valparaiso. It's in Indiana and it's kinda far away from home. I'm just not very interested right now."

Crawford recently visited Jacksonville State and he feels good about the Gamecocks.

"As for Jacksonville State, they're looking pretty good for an offer. I've visited them a few times already. I like the atmosphere of Jacksonville, Alabama. It reminds me a lot of downtown Athens. It just really feels like home down there."

"I'm a big fan of coach Matt Wannebo, the defensive back coach. He's been recruiting me for Jacksonville State. They've got a good program, but they had a rough year this year. They went (6-5) and there has been talk about their coaches leaving, but I talked to coach Wannebo and he told me they were sticking around. It's an up and coming program and I like it a lot."

"If they offered me, it would be hard for me not to commit to Jacksonville State."

Crawford told GAVSV.com about some specific things he is looking for in a school.

"I want to stay close to home, but not to close. As far as playing time, I'm not expecting someone to say 'If you sign here you will start.' I just want to compete. That's one of the main reasons why I play football. So I just want to go somewhere and compete."

"As for my position, I can play free safety or strong safety. I'm getting the most looks at strong safety, but it doesn't matter to me. I just want to compete. I'll play anywhere I can play."

Valparaiso is the only school interested in Crawford at free safety. The other schools like him at the strong safety position.

Crawford, who runs a 4.68 forty, played linebacker as a junior before moving to free safety last season. It didn't take him long to adjust to his new position. He finished with 51 tackles and 9 interceptions as a senior.

He is currently playing on the North Oconee basketball team. Check back with GAVSV.com for more recruiting updates on North Oconee safety prospect Eli Crawford.


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