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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Crawford likes Miami but Michigan leads

By Jared Shanker

Alex Gall left the state of Ohio for Miami at the beginning of June. He is hoping Shaun Crawford (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward) will follow a year from now.

Crawford, one of the top 2015 prospects in Ohio, has a Hurricanes offer and visited Miami this past weekend. He hopes to return soon as coach Al Golden and some of the defensive coaches were on vacation, so he spent much of his visit with assistant Brennan Carroll.

“We walked around and he showed me the campus and we looked at all the trophies and posters of players,” Crawford said. “We went into his office and watched some film from the season. We talked football and watched film and saw how if I came I could impact the team.”

Shaun Crawford
Shaun Crawford's versatility adds to his value.
Crawford, a 5-foot-9, 168-pound cornerback, said he was told he could make an impact in Coral Gables on either side of the football. Crawford runs a 40-yard dash in the low 4.5s, so the coaches know he would bring speed to Miami. Speed is rarely a problem for the Hurricanes, though, which is why Miami covets his versatility more than anything else.

Crawford toured the campus and surrounding towns, and he felt it was a place where he would be comfortable if he were to move south.

“The campus, I love it. The campus is all on one street. It’s not too big and you can go through the campus in 15 minutes,” he said. “The city, Coral Gables, is beautiful and so are the cities around it.”

One of the highlights for Crawford was Coconut Grove. In that town resides the home of LeBron James, and Crawford made a quick drive past it.

“It was the cherry on the sundae,” he said.

Michigan is setting the pace for Crawford, who has 12 offers total. He has made a handful of visits to Michigan and will be back again for the BBQ later this month. His visit to Ann Arbor for a basketball game was the best trip he has taken to date, although he also liked his Tennessee trip in May.

Although Crawford grew up a Michigan fan, he said the Wolverines are not lapping the field just yet.

“They’re a little higher but not by much,” he said. “I have a great relationship with all the coaches. I met the staff and they’re very welcoming to me and my family. It’s a great place to be, and you fit in when you go. That’s what puts them higher than the rest.”

Following the Michigan visit, Crawford wants to visit Notre Dame. The Irish have not offered Crawford, but it is a visit he covets along with Florida and Georgia. A visit to South Bend could come at the end of July.

“I’ve been hearing great things from Notre Dame,” Crawford said. “I’ve talked to them on the phone twice in the past week. It’s going great. They want me to get down and see the campus and meet my family.”