Big-Time DT to Decide Soon

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West Columbus (Cerro Gordo, NC) star Ricardo Crawford, a physically gifted 6-1, 305-pound defensive tackle recruit, plans on making a verbal commitment in the very near future. Crawford is considering official offers from Appalachian State, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

“[Georgia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest] are the main ones in contention,” West Columbus head coach Vernon Brigman said. “We went to Blacksburg on Sunday and we met coach Beamer and coach Wiles and the rest of the staff. He got to tour everything and got the academic breakdown.

“I took him to Georgia on May 7th. He spent time with coach Richt and coach Garner, who is the defensive line coach. They took him on a tour like they did in Blacksburg. We’re going to Wake Forest on June 11th. They have a defensive line camp there on that day.”

When asked if Crawford enjoyed his Virginia Tech experience, Brigman answered, “He loved it.”

Coach Brigman didn’t discount other schools potentially entering the mix, but there doesn’t appear to be any right now. He also feels one school is out in front, but didn’t let on to the identity of that program.

“Somebody might jump in here in the next week or two, but I think he’s leaning one way definitely,” Brigman said. “I don’t want to say [which school] right now.”

As for a timetable, Ricardo informed the Virginia Tech staff of a specific date when a decision would be made. When he does make a decision, Crawford will not hold a press conference. Instead, he will just inform the coaches of his decision.

“He’s close to making a decision,” Brigman said. “He’s probably going to make a decision here in the next two weeks. He told the coach at Virginia Tech he was going to make a decision on his birthday, June 13th.”

As a junior last season, Crawford racked up 71 tackles including 12 tackles-for-loss (for a total of 50 yards) and two sacks. Although he plays right tackle as well, defensive tackle is the position he will play in college.

“[The schools that have offered] like his overall strength and explosiveness off the ball,” Brigman said. “He’s squatting about 630, benching 410 and hang cleans about 320. I’ve got him at about a 4.9 40. He ran a 5.1 at the Shrine Bowl Combine. He can dunk a basketball standing flat-footed under the basket. He posted a 32.3-inch vertical at the Nike camp this year.

“He’s naturally just a monster. I’ve been coaching about 8 years and he’s the most dominant person