Another Gar-Field Sleeper?

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Last Spring, Gar-Field defensive end Clint Sintim burst onto recruiting radars by receiving scholarship offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Maryland and heavy interest from Ohio State and Tennessee. This year, it appears Gar-Field may have another early sleeper.

The player is Kevin Crawford , who new Gar-Field Head Coach Joe Mangano feels exhibits great potential. Crawford transferred to Gar-Field from Brooklyn, New York, as a freshman. His first taste of varsity football came last season.

“Kevin is raw but he is an awesome athlete,” Mangano said. “He’s 6-4, 275 pounds, and he runs in the 4.8’s in the 40. He has over a 30 inch vertical leap. He can bench press over 300 pounds. He has tremendous potential.”

Last season, Crawford played defensive tackle. He will move to defensive end for his senior season, a move Coach Mangano feels will help maximize his talents on the field. Crawford enjoyed a solid junior season, however was inconsistent. Consistency is a major goal for both Crawford and Mangano.

“We’re going to play him at defensive end his senior year to utilitze his strength and speed,” Mangano said. “Offensively, we may play him at tight end. We’ll use him primarily to block down, but we may also use him to slip out and catch some passes. Defensively, we’re thinking he’s going to have a coming out party. I expect him to have a dominating season. The main thing we’re going to work on with him is consistency. There were plays last year where he looked unstoppable. Then he would look average for a few plays, and then unstoppable again. He was inconsistent. The big thing for him next year is consistency.”

Crawford has drawn an official offer from the University of Virginia and is getting looks from Virginia Tech, Maryland, and Clemson. Clemson made a visit this week and may be close to offering as well.

“UVa has offered,” Mangano said. “They are his only official offer right now. Coach [Al] Groh was actually in here last Friday. Clemson was in this week and it looks like they will offer. There’s a very good chance they will. They invited Kevin to take a visit to see their campus. Coach [Bud] Foster from Virginia Tech will be in next week. Maryland is interested as well. He’s getting a lot of attention right now.”

As for favorites, it appears UVa has gotten an early jump on the rest of the field. According to Mangano, Crawford does not plan on making a decision