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An Abundance of Options
Walnut (Calif.) Mt. San Antonio College cornerback Dorian Crawford has seen a rise in recruiting stock after a strong season with the Mounties, picking up double-digit offers. "It was good. We finished 11-1. It was a disappointing loss to a team we had already beaten, but other than that, it was great. I have eighteen offers. Utah State, Utah, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, California, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion, Texas State, Akron, Middle Tennessee, Ohio, Houston, and a few others. I just started talking with California and Houston this week, and I'm going to San Diego State today to meet with the coaches, so we'll see if they offer me," he said. Crawford has taken one official visit and plans on checking out all of his options before making a decision. "I took an official visit to Old Dominion. Tomorrow I leave for Eastern Michigan, I'll be visiting New Mexico, and on January 18th, I'll be going to Texas State. I know I'll take more in January, I just haven't set them up yet. I think I'll go to Toledo, Ohio, and Houston, too. For the schools that are close by, I'll probably just take unofficials because I want to visit a lot of schools," he said. Crawford knows one thing he's looking for when he takes his visits. "With every guy who goes on visits, the most important thing is how they feel there, if it feels like the right place. That's the sad part about it; I haven't narrowed it down at all. I know I have to choose one, but they are all great schools, so now I need to find the one that I feel most comfortable at when I step onto the campus," he said. The corner started his collegiate career playing Division-II ball before transferring to the Mounties this past season and will have three years to play two. "My press coverage is my biggest strength. I'm not your ordinary corner. I'm about four inches above an average corner; I'm 6-foot-2, 195-pounds. I'm really strong. I can run with anybody; the weight room really helped me out a lot," he said. Reflecting upon the past season, Crawford can see an improvement in his game that he's ready to take to the next level. "In junior college football, everybody is fighting for a position and fighting to get a scholarship, as well. There's a lot of good football in this state, especially at the skill positions. As the season went on, I started to get better and better because we had so much on the line, and I really needed to step up my game. The coaches really got me ready for that in practice; we didn't have three hour practices, but in an hour and a half, we worked hard. They pushed us," he said. The cornerback is academically on track to graduate in mid-February, and though not a typical mid-year prospect, will join a program in time for spring ball. He plans on making a decision in early February. Ultimately, Crawford is just excited about the opportunity to play at the next bevel. "It's an honor. It feels really good," he said.
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