Lakewood St. Edward cornerback Shaun Crawford put up impressive numbers last weekend in Massillon…
Sophomore Speedster Has First Offer
Sophomore Shaun Crawford has been known primarily in Ohio for his amazing track times, but this season on the football field he proved that he is a football player that runs track, not the other way around. Crawford, 5-foot-9, 160-pounds, starred on both sides of the football, playing against some of the best competition in the state on a weekly basis. He could project as either a cornerback or slot receiver at the next level. Monday, he received his first offer. "I was offered by Illinois," Crawford stated. "That caught me by surprise and I didn't expect it. I really appreciate them having the faith in me. They were at my school and offered me a scholarship. This is mind-blowing and I have no words for it really. It's something I've dreamed about since I was a little kid." "I think they are recruiting me for defensive back, but I don't know that for sure," he added. "I prefer to play defense, but I will play wherever my coaches want me to." Illinois is not the only school recruiting Crawford, and he is seeing interest grow in the past month. "I'm hearing from schools like Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Nebraska, Northwestern and Notre Dame," he explained. "I've always been a Michigan fan, but I'm looking at every school that's interested in me. I like Tennessee too, because of the weather and I have family there." "I haven't really talked about college recruiting with my family yet, and this is just starting to happen for me," he continued. "I need to discuss all of this with them before I get too far with it." Crawford's breakthrough season saw him utilize more than just his speed on the field, and he is working to become an even better player. "After my freshman season I didn't know what to expect this year, but after I did well the first few games I was very comfortable going against teams on our schedule," Crawford admitted. "Being a sophomore and being able to compete with Moeller, Elder and Ignatius. I felt like my team depended on me, and I tried to be a player that made big plays. I need to stronger, and I learned that playing against bigger and stronger players."
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