Crawford Is Ready To Take The Next Step

After two productive seasons, 2017 Tyler LB/S Tre Crawford (6-3, 225) has seen his recruiting pick up over the past couple of weeks and he updated on where things stand...

"I don't have any offers yet, but I have been hearing from KentuckyUCFLouisiana Tech, West Virginia and Houston," Crawford told recently. "I took an unofficial visit to Louisiana Tech a few weeks ago and I had a really good time there, but other than that, I am just sorta waiting on some schools to offer me."

As a sophomore this season for the Apaches, Crawford played both strong safety and outside linebacker, using his outstanding instincts and physicality to post 53 tackles, 4.5 sacks, one tackle-for-loss and a forced fumble even though he missed three games with a hip injury.

"I played more outside linebacker, but in our defense, they called me a strong safety," Crawford said. "I was always out over the slot, so I can play man-to-man or zone. I feel petty comfortable in space.

"Last offseason, I worked a lot on my agility and being more explosive, so I did a lot of hills and it has helped me a lot because I was able to be really good in coverage, but I can also get after the quarterback and pressure them and that always helps when you can hurry a quarterback's throw."

As a prep in Houston, Texas, Crawford was a non-qualifier, but it wasn't because he didn't have the grades.

"Honestly, I didn't know I needed to take the tests (ACT, SAT) so when it came time to submit my stuff to the *(NCAA) Clearinghouse, I didn't have what I needed to get qualified," Crawford recalled. "I had a lot of the JUCOs here in Texas calling me and wanting me to sign with them, but once I came up here and visited Tyler, I knew it was the right place for me. 

"I really liked the program and felt like it was the perfect place for me and I had a real comfort level here."

Crawford hopes to finish up his two-year degree in December, but admitted there's a slight chance he might need one more class, depending on what credits transfer. Either way, the talented prospect will have three years to play two starting in the fall of 2017.

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