| 6 years ago||
South Ft. Myers (FL) High School DB Dallas Crawford decommitted from Michigan last week.
And now a new top school has emerged.
"Miami is the No. 1 choice for me right now," Crawford said.
He says that happened last week after he decommitted from Michigan and Cane coaches began recruiting him hard. He says he's already spoken with new head coach Al Golden "a lot."
"He's telling me they're really interested in recruiting me hard," Crawford said. "I like the vibe from all the coaches at Miami."
He's set to take his official visit to UM this weekend, but says he won't announce a decision afterward.
He's going to visit North Carolina and USC the following two weekends.
"I'll be waiting till my final visit (to commit)," he said. "I don't want to rush anything."
What does he want to see on the visit?
"I just want to meet the coaches in person, all of them, interact with the players and things like that," Crawford said. "I know about the university and stuff. I want to see if it's a place I can live for five years."
He says North Carolina, USC and Michigan remain in his recruiting picture and that UM doesn't have a big lead right now.
UM made a personal pitch to Crawford this past Friday when coordinator Mark D'Onofrio met with Crawford and his family.
"That went well," Crawford said. "We just asked about the scheme and everything else. I've talked with all the staff, like them."
South Ft. Myers High a.ssistant coach Anthony Dixon says of Crawford's UM recruitment that "He's loved Miami for a long time. Dallas never got offered by Miami until Aubrey (Hill) showed up, a last minute thing. Before that they really didn't show they wanted him. This kid's been getting recruited since his junior year (by other programs) and we never had the offer. He wanted to be somewhere where he wanted to be wanted for Dallas Crawford. Now this new staff is showing him that.
"Sam (Watkins) is gone, we know where he's going, so he knows they want him for Dallas now (instead of as part of a package deal with Watkins). The new head coach, he's reached out. I think Miami was on top early when he was a freshman, sophomore, junior - he really liked them. He was interested in the beginning in Miami and now they have a new life. He's been hot on Miami since Day 1, you know?"
Last season Crawford threw for over 2,300 yards and 25 touchdowns with 10 rushing scores and a receiving TD. He had 76 tackles on defense (53 solo) with nine interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and three forced fumbles.
"He's a special kid, a coach on the field, an Ed Reed type playmaker," Dixon said. "He's a ball hawk. He can play either side of the ball, corner or safety, quarterback, tailback, wide receiver. He's one of those kids you really can't go wrong on because he can help you in so many different ways."