Columbus, Ga.--Carver High School rising senior Corey Crawford
spent Wednesday afternoon in Auburn
and says the Tigers are on his recruiting radar after making the visit.
Crawford says he is no hurry to make a decision, but says that Clemson, Florida State and Auburn are three of the colleges he is considering. "Right now, I am still open," he says.
The defensive end says he was strongly considering Georgia, but has cooled on the Bulldogs after UGA reneged on a written scholarship offer to his teammate, Devin Burns. "It didn't mix with me well about what happened," he says, adding he hasn't totally ruled out the Bulldogs although Carver High coach Dell McGee has told UGA coaches to quit recruiting his players after the incident last weekend.
Commenting on what will be the deciding factor on the college he picks, Crawford says, "I am going to choose the college that I believe will make me a better person for my life. The most important thing is being a good person."
Crawford notes that he is excited about his senior season, which will be his focus the rest of the summer after wrapping up his visit schedule for a while.
"I think we have the players to go back to state," he says.
Former Auburn defensive back McGee has built Carver into a powerhouse program in Columbus. "He is a great coach," the defensive end says. "There is no other coach I would rather play for than Coach McGee."
Asked if McGee ever mentions Auburn as a good college destination for the talented defensive end, Crawford says, "He jokes around about that some, but he is the kind of coach who wants what is best for me."
Corey Crawford started for a strong Carver team as a junior and made 72 tackles and seven sacks.
Last year was Crawford's first season as a starter. He says his favorite game was his team's win against a traditional west Georgia power. "I think my best game was against LaGrange High in LaGrange because that was a big game for us," he says. "I always want to be an impact player in big games and I believe I was that game."
Crawford visited Auburn on Wednesday with his mother, brother, grandparents and two assistant coaches. He toured the campus and says he enjoyed that and spending time with the coaches on his first trip back to Auburn since the spring. "They are important in my life," he says. "I need help and guidance to make this decision and I wanted their input."
Tracy Rocker, Auburn's defensive line coach, spent a lot of time with Crawford. "I like him a lot," the defensive end says. "I think it would be an honor to play for Coach Rocker because of the name he made at Auburn and the type of person," he says. "The coaches are real cool and Coach Rocker, I had fun with him. He is really a nice guy and a coach who really wants me to play for him...He is the kind of coach who wants to make me a success in life. He is the type of coach I would like to have."
Crawford says he likes the city of Auburn and the people he met on his visit. "I really don't want to go too far from home and Columbus is right down the road not far from here. That could play a big part in where I go."
Overall, he says the unofficial visit was a good one. He checked out Auburn's school of engineering and notes that he wants to study electrical engineering in college.
Commenting on his style play, Crawford says, "My speed coming off the edge and being able to pressure the quarterback is my strength," he says.
Although he is primarily a defensive end, he could see some action on offense as a senior. "Coach told me that I might have to play both ways," he notes. "That is fine with me. Whatever I have to do to help the team, that is fine with me and I am going to do. I might play some tight end."
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A report on the highly-regarded defensive end from Columbus, Ga., features comments and junior video highlights from the rising senior.