Crawford Looking to Make Big Impact

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Following an unofficial visit to Charlottesville for last month’s Spring game, Kevin Crawford had been leaning towards UVa over offers from Syracuse, and Kent State and interest from Maryland, Clemson, and Virginia Tech. Crawford decided to commit last night to the ‘Hoos, in large part due to his feelings towards the Cavaliers coaching staff.

“One of the reasons I committed was because UVa is recruiting me the hardest of every school,” Crawford said. “And the coaches are not in it for themselves. I know they want to win, but they really care about you. They have a family atmosphere up there. Academically, the graduation rates are out of the roof. That also really attracted me to them.”

Crawford will become the second prospect from Gar-Field High School to sign with the Cavaliers in as many years when he signs in February of 2005. Outside linebacker prospect Clint Sintim signed with UVa in the 2004 class. While his former teammate’s decision was not a major influence, Crawford admits having Sintim at UVa is a positive.

“Clint was not a big factor because you can’t base your decision on one person, but he is a little bit of a factor,” Crawford said. “It will be good to know someone who is already there. Someone who can tell you what to expect before you get there.”

Crawford, a 6-4, 275 pound defensive line prospect, has only played high school football for one whole season – last season for Gar-Field. Though he lacks experience football-wise, he hopes to become a significant part of the Virginia defense early on in his career.

“I want to be the heart of the defense come sophomore year,” Crawford said. “Maybe even by my freshman year. It’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.”

This off-season, Crawford hopes to improve his endurance and to further develop his large frame. He is also hoping to learn more about the game of football, to gain experience before he gets to UVa.

“It’s not just learning the game, I also want to develop more physically,” Crawford said. “I’m not done developing. I do need to learn more about the game too, because I’ve just been relying on my physical attributes and talents to carry me so far. I also want to improve my endurance and my speed. Last year I played on both sides of the ball, but