Name: Dallas Crawford
Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Ratings: ESPN – 4* (80); espn150 (#142)
Recruitment: Visited Ann Arbor for the spring game with teammate Sammy Watkins and from then on in, Michigan was the leader. Came up again for the Iowa game on an unofficial, enjoyed himself and committed a few weeks later on November 12th, 2010 – his birthday. The other schools in his top four were Miami, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Offers: Had offers from a lot of major programs, including LSU, Tennessee, Miami (Fl), West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Iowa and more.
Stats: As a sophomore he had 55 tackles and 3 INT’s, eclipsed this mark his junior year with 10 INT’s. Currently weighs around 185 at 5’10. Runs 4.47 forty yard dash. Also plays QB for his team, throwing for 2500 yards and 25 TD’s last season.
ESPN Analysis: Crawford is simply one of the more instinctive defensive backs we have seen around the football in this class. A great overall athlete with excellent footwork and ball skills. Is well-built with just adequate height but plays taller. Finds the ball very naturally in coverage.
Always seems to be in the right position by making good reads, and does a nice job in attacking the ball at its highest point. Makes great cuts with a lot of burst, loves to undercut routes. Solid in run support, hits well. He’s aggressive, physical and has unbelievable ball hawking ability, Safety would be a possibility but he’s a bit undersized for it. Somewhat lacking in pure one on one experience, but overall is just a true playmaker with coveted intangibles.
Improvements: Experience, could also work on his speed a bit, appears more quick than fast.
Film Highlights: Link here.
Final Thoughts: Scout and Rivals giving him only three stars is an insult. This kid is one of the top playmakers in the class and has the potential to be a great corner for Michigan. Look for him to jump up their rankings at the end of the year.
Michigan’s secondary lacks a playmaker, hopefully Crawford can come in and bring back some swagger. Could well see the field as a freshman, but Michigan does figure to be stacked at corner next year with Woolfolk, Floyd, Avery, Christian and Talbott.
He’ll still visit Michigan officially this winter, and he’ll be bringing WR Sammy Watkins along with him. By signing Crawford, Michigan definitely increased their chances with Watkins, who is also a tremendous talent.
Michigan’s success in Florida continues!