Edgewood’s Crawford commits to VandyPublished 11:22am Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Josh Crawford envisioned his decision to take a little longer.
But after visiting Vanderbilt University on Saturday and receiving his first scholarship offer from them on the same day, he was ready to commit.
“Before I went to Vanderbilt, and thought about where I wanted to go to college, I already had them in my top five,” Crawford said. “I knew going into Nashville, if they offered me, that’s where I wanted to be.
“It’s really excited. A lot of the pressure is off me because now I get to go through my senior year, and focus on becoming a better player and student.”
Rated a three-star tailback by 247sports, the rising senior is the Commodores’ first verbal commitment for the Class of 2015. Crawford became the first Edgewood Academy football player to receive an offer and commit to a Southeastern Conference school.
“When I first verbally committed, I didn’t think about it,” Crawford said. “There’s been a whole lot of talent here the last few years. I was thinking there had to be somebody else. But it’s cool to be the first one. It just speaks volumes that my school is generating great talent. The AISA is generating great talent.”
During his junior season, Crawford displayed his talent, amassing 1,675 yards on 204 carries with 27 touchdowns. He was a finalist for the 2013 AISA Back of the Year Award and earned First-Team All-Area offense honors from The Wetumpka Herald. His film, Crawford said, won Vanderbilt’s first year head coach Derek Mason and the coaching staff over.
“The main reason why they recruited me was because I’m a big back,” he said. “Coach Mason, he came from Stanford, and they run the power offense. And they needed a big back. They said they watched my film, and said I was everything they were looking for.
“They said I would be a key to their offense and be able to progress very well.”
Crawford said the Commodores and the city of Nashville gave him a good vibe on his visit. He said he would consider other schools, but feels strongly about his commitment to Vanderbilt.
“I don’t see my mind changing. I want to keep my word to the coaching staff, my parents and myself. You only stand for what you’re word stands for. I got my mind made up. I’m going to get a great education at Vandy, I’m close to home and I’m content with my decision.”
And the competition Crawford will face in that decision, he said, is unbelievable.
“It’ll be an amazing experience for me to compete in the SEC,” he said. “it’s the best conference in college football. Going against Alabama, Auburn, teams I watched growing up and idolizing players on their team.
“It’s just an amazing thought that I get to play against the best athletes in the country. If you can run in the SEC, you can run anywhere.”