Commitment Update: Kevin Crawford

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Athletically and academically, Gar-Field High School (Woodbridge, VA) star Kevin Crawford has enjoyed a successful summer. On the gridiron, Gar-Field Head Coach Joe Mangano notes the improvement of his top defensive lineman from a year ago.

“He’s definitely become more consistent this year,” Mangano said of Crawford. “In our last game he led our team in tackles and tackles for loss. He’s just become a lot more consistent.”

Crawford, who was the 12th prospect to commit to UVa for the 2005 class, has played defensive tackle and defensive end for Gar-Field this season. At 6-5, 280-pound, Crawford is very athletic and has been timed earlier this year at 4.8 in the 40-yard dash.

His versatility gives the Cavaliers several options in terms of where to utilize his talents.

“He was 280-pounds when he came into camp,” Mangano said. “He’s gotten stronger in the weight room. I imagine he is more toned once he gets to UVa, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he gets up over 300 pounds once he’s there. Their looking at him as a defensive lineman, but to be quite honest I think he could play offensive tackle too. He could play either or. He has long arms and he’s strong and athletic.”

In the classroom, Crawford has seen dramatic improvement according to Coach Mangano. He already has a qualifying score on the SAT and is working towards getting a qualifying GPA.

“He’s improved tremendously academically,” Mangano said. “He’s made tremendous progress. He did very well in summer school and, if he keeps going, I think he’ll more than likely have met qualification standards by Signing Day. He’s already done well on the SAT. As a junior he scored a 910 on the SAT. I e-mailed Coach Golden to see if he needs to take it again or if that would be all right.

“Kevin’s done a tremendous job academically since he arrived here from New York. He’s worked extremely hard.”

At the time he committed to UVa, Crawford was receiving interest from Clemson and Maryland and Virginia Tech was beginning to show interest. One school has continued to recruit him this Fall.

“Clemson keeps calling me, but everyone else fell off once I committed,” Crawford said.

Crawford, who says he is “pretty solid on my commitment”, has developed a good relationship with UVa Defensive Coordinator Al Golden. The 2 parties have kept in close contact throughout