H.D. Woodson Rising Junior CB Impresses

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H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.) had its workout in front of college coaches the week before last. Assistants from the ACC, Big 10, Big East and Conference USA were on hand and witnessed an impressive performance by 6-1, 175-pound cornerback Kenneth Crawley , who is just a sophomore.

Kenneth Crawley will be one of the top defensive backs in the area next year,” H.D. Woodson assistant coach Wayne Johnson said. “We had the whole ACC at the workout. Coach Sherman came in from Virginia Tech.”

Following the workout, coaches from Cincinnati, Duke and Maryland left cards for Crawley. Admittedly nervous before the workout, the talented rising junior came away pleased by his performance.

“The coaches didn’t believe I was a rising junior,” Crawley recalled. “They were impressed that I am huge for a corner. They concentrated on my size. I also have good footwork and all that to go along with it.”

2009 was Crawley’s first season on the varsity level. He didn’t start every game, but he did start some and picked off two passes on the year. Crawley returned one of those interceptions for a score.

“I’m tough. I don’t ever stop,” Crawley said. “I try to work hard, go out there and play every play like it’s my last snap.”

A multisport athlete, Crawley’s focus is on the gridiron.

“I play basketball too, but right now I’m focusing on football. They are looking up to me to be the main guy for this year. I’ll be playing wide receiver, cornerback and returner. I am running track right now. I’m trying to get my 40 down,” said Crawley, who has run a hand timed 4.5-second 40.

This spring and summer, Crawley hopes to show off his skills at one-day camps. No dates have been set, but he may be in Blacksburg next weekend or in July.

“I really want to go to a V-Tech camp. Coach Franklin from Maryland wants me to come out to camp.”

Besides Maryland and Tech, Crawley is also interested in Clemson, Ohio State, Oregon and USC, among others.

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