Crawford Gains Interest After Big Season

Muskegon High (Muskegon, MI) always has put a lot of talent on the field. This past season was no different as they had a potent offense featuring USC signee Ronald Johnson and Michigan State signee Ashton Leggett. But behind it all was an unknown junior signal caller who is quickly making a name for himself.

Coming into the season, a big question mark for the Muskegon Big Reds was behind center. Could they find a passer to get the ball to their strong group of wide receivers including brothers Corey and Ronald Johnson? The answer was yes as junior Chris Crawford stepped to the forefront.

The 6'0, 165 lb Crawford led the Big Reds all the way to a 14-0 record and a state title. He ran for 228 yards and two touchdowns in that game as well as passed for a TD. For the season, Crawford rolled up 1326 yards through the air and 15 TDs and added 740 yards and 11 TDs on the ground.

Anyone who saw Crawford during the summer, saw his talent but also how raw he was. A key turning point for him came at a quarterback camp at the University of Purdue.

"Yeah, I went down there and ended up winning most improved player," Crawford reports, "I also won the long ball competition, I threw it 58 yards."

In addition to those accomplishments, Crawford's 4.5 in the forty yard dash was the fastest at the camp. That speed coupled with his open field ability, has schools looking at Crawford as a possible wide receiver or defensive back.

"I played some receiver at passing camp," Crawford says of the possibility, "It was fun, I'll play wherever, but if I can stay at quarterback, I'd like that."

Crawford reports early interest from a number of division 2 schools as well as Purdue and Northern Illinois. He also plans to create more of a buzz this summer by camping in-state at Michigan and Michigan State.

Michigan Insider will have more on Crawford in the coming weeks including highlights from his explosive junior campaign.

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