In 1987, a running back from Trezvant High School in Memphis, Tennessee named Xavier Crawford was rolling through Memphis area defenses at a record pace.
Crawford scored eighty-three career touchdowns as a high school prep star before going on to a very productive career at then Memphis State University. Xavier won several post season awards including Tennessee's 2A Mr. Football.
Fast forward nearly twenty years and Xavier Crawford was once again standing near the podium at another Mr. Football awards banquet. This time around Xavier was a spectator and one of the proudest fathers in the room. This time it was Xavier's son, Aaron, who was the recipient of the prestigious award. Xavier and Aaron are the first father and son tandem to both win the award in the state of Tennessee.
Aaron stars for Ridgeway High School in Tennessee's 5A classification. Crawford was hampered by an injury for part of the season, but his 1,541 yards and fifteen touchdowns were enough to impress the Mr. Football selection committee.
To date Aaron has collected scholarship offers from Kentucky and Mississippi State. While Aaron is pleased to have two opportunities to play in the SEC, he was more than a little preplexed that more schools were not beating down his door with offers in hand. Now he thinks he knows why.
"I am still hanging with two offers," said Aaron. "I had a college coach tell me that there was a problem with my grades, but I don't know where they got that information from because my grades are fine. On top of that, I am taking some core courses to boost my GPA to make sure that I am going to qualify to go to college."
Crawford reports that some published rumors about him may have hurt his stock with some schools.
"He told me he read it (on line), but their information is false and I would like to get that cleared up as fast as possible," said an irritated Aaron. "I would appreciate it if you all could help me get the record straight."
With Aaron's transcript in hand, Crawford's mother wanted to comment on her son's situation.
"He has about a 2.6 in his core courses now, but he is taking some other courses that we are going to submit to boost his core GPA just in case he does not get his ACT score as high as we want. He will be finished with these courses no later than January." Ms. Crawford continued. "We are very upset about this and we would like to get to the bottom of it. I spoke to one (college coach) who told me they held off of him before they saw his transcript because they thought he had an issue. This has really hurt Aaron."
Crawford has recently been faced with another obstacle that has hindered his ability to communicate with college coaches.
"Texas Tech's coach Simms is coming to see me tomorrow," said Aaron. "I have heard from South Carolina, Marshall, Tennessee, LSU, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Southern Miss and Mississippi State at some point by phone."
"I have had some problems with my phone, so I have not been able to talk with coaches for the last little while. I have been so busy with football and all of these other classes, I just have not had a lot of chances to call them. My phone is back on so I am ready for those coaches to call me. I really need to talk to Kentucky and Coach Stringer from Mississippi State. I will be getting in touch with them."
Aaron will be setting up his official visits very soon and he knows two schools he will certainly visit.
"I am going to the University of Kentucky and Mississippi State sometime in December," said Crawford. "I want to get up there before December 20th. Kentucky may be in the Liberty Bowl here in Memphis, so I may be able to go to that."
Aaron had some lofty goals for his senior season, but the season ended a bit too soon for Aaron's liking.
"I think I had a decent year," explained Crawford. "I can't complain. We were picked to win state, but we didn't quite get it done. I had a lot of fun this year, a lot of fun while it lasted."