Antonio Crawford commits to Georgia Tech; DB from same Florida HS as UGA’s Aaron Murray and Orson Charles

Plant HS DB Antonio Crawford committed to Georgia Tech shortly after being offered by the Yellow Jackets on Friday

Plant HS DB Antonio Crawford committed to Georgia Tech shortly after being offered by the Yellow Jackets on Friday

Georgia Tech landed a speedy defensive back from the same Florida high school football powerhouse that produced UGA talents Aaron Murray and Orson Charles

Antonio Crawford of Tampa’s Plant High School committed to Georgia Tech within minutes after being offered by Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson on late Friday night. Crawford picked the ACC school over Iowa State and Florida International, among others. He is commitment No. 8 for Georgia Tech’s 2012 recruiting class.

“We don’t push our kids at Plant to commit early unless they know 100-percent that’s where they want to go,” Plant High School coach Robert Weiner told the AJC. “I asked Antonio if he was offered by another other college in the world, would he still want to Georgia Tech? Antonio then told me Georgia Tech was the No. 1 place he wanted to go, so he committed.

“He really loved being at Georgia Tech and around the coaches. He likes the city of Atlanta. Georgia Tech is a life-altering school, regardless of your future in football. It sets up you to be successful for the rest of your life. It’s one of those things where it’s a 40-year decision, not just for the next four years.”

The 5-foot-11, 184-pounder was just beginning to attract serious attention from ACC and SEC schools after making the rounds at college camps in recent weeks, including being clocked at 4.39 seconds at UGA’s “Dawg Night.”

Crawford was one of the top performers at Georgia Tech camp last weekend. He wasn’t offered on the spot, being told that Tech’s coaches wanted to meet as a staff to review his camp film and football background. By Friday, Johnson decided he had seen enough, extending the Tech offer which was quickly accepted. Crawford had just finished performing at Florida’s “Friday Night Lights” football camp on Friday night when he got the word from Tech.

“I talked with Coach Johnson and he said he sat down with staff and they decided they really wanted me,” Crawford said. “I already knew in my mind, if they offered, I was probably going to commit. After getting the news, I talked to my parents about it, and they thought Georgia Tech as a good choice for me.

Antonio Crawford (No. 2) was clocked at 4.39 in the 40 at UGA's Dawg Night

Antonio Crawford (No. 2) was clocked at 4.39 in the 40 at UGA's Dawg Night

“I feel like I can really trust the coaches. I I got along well with all of them at camp. Academically, it was the best school for me. After I’m finished with football, it will really set me up for the rest of my life. So after thinking about everything, I called Coach Johnson and committed.”

Crawford will be a third-year starter at Plant, which has played for three straight Florida state championships in football, winning twice. Crawford played more at wide receiver last year as a junior, but will be concentrating more at cornerback this season. “Georgia Tech is recruiting Antonio to play cornerback,” Weiner said. “They like how he was predominantly an offensive guy and developed his ball skills, but that he’s truly a cornerback and those ball skills will really help him over on that side of the ball.”

Crawford said he has a 2.8 GPA and is undecided on a college major.

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107 comments Add your comment

tech-9

July 23rd, 2011
8:03 am

dawggone

July 23rd, 2011
8:11 am

Good pick up jackets, but a 2.8 gpa, not sure he’ll make the grade.

GT Fan

July 23rd, 2011
8:17 am

Welcome to GT family Antonio! Can’t wait to see you in the White and Gold!

Go Jackets!!!!

Michael Carvell

July 23rd, 2011
8:19 am

@Dawggone, thanks for your comment. Anything over a 2.5 GPA in college prep classes at a good HS for academics puts you in excellent shape for NCAA college entrance requirements.

NYC Jacket

July 23rd, 2011
8:20 am

On a couple of the recruiting websites, he’s listed as a WR. Though his size is small, his footwork is good. Maybe CPJ will use him as a WR. I can’t imagine him catching passes from Vad Lee in a few years. For those interested…

Vad Lee Passing highlights:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q2k95TtTdk&feature=related

cattle dawg

July 23rd, 2011
8:28 am

Congrats, he seems like an up and comer. I also think its bs about ohio state after what yall got slapped with last week.

tech-9

July 23rd, 2011
8:31 am

Good coaching at plant, this kid is a 3yr starter, and runs a 4.39. I like this kid he will be a solid player for tech, wait and see. Looks like we are loading up on smart and very speedy football players. GO TECH!!!

JAWJeRDAWG

July 23rd, 2011
8:31 am

Congratulations to Georgia Tech for their 8th commitment. Feel he might need to increase both his GPA and body weight in order to meet the rigors of Tech’s curriculum and to be an effective DB on the gridiron.

Anyway, nice to see our in-state rival land a recruit to fit their position-of-need. Good luck to you, Antonio, in your college career. .. Go Dawgs!

JB

July 23rd, 2011
8:47 am

Good job jackets. You guys need some good news….and some speed to try and cover this kid from Valdosta we got coming in with 4.2 speed at WR….

Ramblin Man

July 23rd, 2011
8:52 am

Welcome to the flats Antonio. From what I have had read this kid has looked really good at each camp his has gone to and you can’t go wrong with a player out of Plant.
NYC Jacket,
I don’t see this kid moving to WR. He is all defensive back.
M. Carvell,
Did GT offer Aikens as well? My understanding is they both performed well at camp, but GT was only going to take one WR in this class and Summers already commited. Just thought it looked like a good package deal.
Hopefully Adams will commit on Monday.
Thanks to the UGA fans for the nice remarks.

Hayseed Dixie

July 23rd, 2011
8:54 am

I wouldn’t worry about the 2.8. While he still has to get the work done himself, Tech athletes get a lot of direction and assistance.

Nothing wrong with riding the M-train. It’s better than a sociology degree from, say, Alabama.

Paul N Destin

July 23rd, 2011
8:57 am

I believe you meant auburn sport…that is the only degree that have for football player..Sociology

Thanks for playing though..DA

Hayseed Dixie

July 23rd, 2011
9:01 am

Well, I hold Alabama’s academics in the same regard as Auburn’s. So whichever, sport.

Ramblin Man

July 23rd, 2011
9:08 am

Hate to jump off target but the NCAA is proving again that it does not want to slam a top program.
Investigators said they found no evidence that Ohio State failed to properly monitor its football program or any evidence of a lack of institutional control, according to a letter sent to the university and released Friday.
How is having that many players commiting the offense and the head coach knowing about it not a lack of institutional control. Might help GT’s appeal case though.

Rich

July 23rd, 2011
9:09 am

why would you ask him such a dumb question? do you think a commitment doesn’t matter?

slydog

July 23rd, 2011
9:12 am

What a great get for Tech and I wish him all the best. How in the world did he get away from UGA while they gushed over signing players who won’t play for another 2-3 seasons? This isn’t looking good for Todd Grantham, Lakatos, or Rodney Garner.

Dawg night

July 23rd, 2011
9:12 am

Look at those other schools he was offered at. Haha. Another nerd bust. 9/10 nerds

GT roadie

July 23rd, 2011
9:15 am

Congrats Antonio! Looking forward to seeing you excel at GT.

Steve

July 23rd, 2011
9:17 am

Um if that’s what you said, were ya drinking? :)
“I asked Antonio if he was offered by another other college

CLAY COUNTY DAWG

July 23rd, 2011
9:18 am

DAWG FAN HERE,

HAVE SEEN THIS KID PLAY.WOULD LOVED TO HAVE HAD HIM COME TO ATHENS.
HE IS A GOOD PLAYER.

RambleOn84

July 23rd, 2011
9:22 am

Thanks for the nice comments from most uga fans…this guy has good speed and comes from a great high school program.

Dawgman in gator land

July 23rd, 2011
9:25 am

Good get tech. He has good coaching from Plant already they transition very well. Congrats Tech.

Tossed Salad

July 23rd, 2011
9:31 am

@dawggone Oh, they’ll play you whether you make the grade or not. This is Tech we’re talking about. History doesn’t lie. Now, once your eligibility is up, you’re on your own. On a relative scale, very few football players actually leave Tech with a diploma. So, combine the propensity for playing ineligible players with horrid graduation rates. There’s really only one conclusion to draw, here.

gamecock

July 23rd, 2011
9:45 am

Give the guy a break a 2.8 is good enough to enter college we talking about tech a high entrance level school. As I know the some sec schools are not tough to get.into compared to some acc schools. Vandy duke tech etc.

lazlodawg

July 23rd, 2011
10:06 am

Nice get Techies. Grats. On another subject, can someone explain how the NCAA feels justified in the relative severity of the punishments given to Ohio State and Georgia Tech? What a joke.

wreckmaniac

July 23rd, 2011
10:21 am

The comments by the dawg fans are very appreciated. This kid looks like a good one. We’ll see.
What impressed me most are the comments by his coach including ” GA Tech is a life-altering
opportunity”. This guy gets it and kids need more coaches like this who tell them (it seems) ” Look if you want to continue with football that’s great but get a worthwhile education “.

GT ATW

July 23rd, 2011
10:24 am

Good job, GT. We needed to get our recruiting rolling again quickly after the NCAA stiffed us. Momentum is important in recruiting and this is shaping up to be a good group.

wes

July 23rd, 2011
10:25 am

Good pickup for Tech with the recent departure of Ryan Ayers.

Greg

July 23rd, 2011
10:26 am

Awesome! Beat out Iowa State and Florida International

Jacket Backer

July 23rd, 2011
10:28 am

Welcome Antonio! Smart choice.

Go Jackets!

DIT

July 23rd, 2011
10:57 am

Good pick up Jackets! He is coming from a great HS football program. Good to see CPJ getting some quality players after the NCAA farce!

GT Jason

July 23rd, 2011
11:21 am

Since we’re such cheaters, do the dawg fans know that the 2009 game against uga never happened? Johnson is 1-1 against the dawgs!

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

July 23rd, 2011
11:41 am

DOES THIS KID KNOW TEK HAS BEEN GIVEN THE DEATH PENALTY ???

Bull

July 23rd, 2011
11:55 am

Good pickup for Tech. It’s about time they got some momentum in Florida instead of all these kids up north they were focusing on last couple of years. Tech has really been lacking on the recruiting trail the last few classes

Mr Charlie

July 23rd, 2011
12:06 pm

Whats wrong with the kid? I mean, if he runs a 4.9, why not go to a real school, or at least one that is not a bunch of liars and cheaters?

GT fan

July 23rd, 2011
12:11 pm

Wes-10:25am … Ryan Ayers departure?? I see that Albert Rocker (LB) has graduated, took a job with Microsoft, and decided to forego his last yr pf football, but nothing on Ayers. Do tell if you have the facts….

just the truth

July 23rd, 2011
12:11 pm

Just to set the record straight …….. he’s a cornerback all the way and the 4.39 was at Dawg Night. He ran a 4.29 at Tech!

Dawginit.

July 23rd, 2011
12:17 pm

A 4.29, come on man. That’s a little outlandish.

U

July 23rd, 2011
12:17 pm

LOL. Tech cheats at everything else – why not 40 times?

just the truth

July 23rd, 2011
12:20 pm

Notice GT want comment on what he ran !!

Dawginit.

July 23rd, 2011
12:20 pm

He does look like a great pick up though. I think he’s an under the radar kid like Chester Brown that will flourish in college.

Rubber Arms

July 23rd, 2011
12:26 pm

Annapolis South.

icallbs

July 23rd, 2011
12:26 pm

Nice pick-up for GT. Some of you adolescent Georgia jerks need to learn some sense of propriety. Go Dawgs!

George Stein

July 23rd, 2011
12:52 pm

Usain Bolt can’t run a 4.29.

Hopefully he’ll continue to develop and will be a solid contributor for us for four years.

GT Jason

July 23rd, 2011
1:07 pm

Bolt can absolutely run a 4.29 40. 9.58 seconds in 100 meters calculates to an average of 4.21 for 40 yards (using .9155 meters in 1 yard) so just think of what his time could be if he was just running the 40 and not the extra 60 yards after…

Jacket Man

July 23rd, 2011
1:26 pm

Actually, Antonio DID run a 4.29 forty at Tech’s Camp. He also showed great coverage skills. Best all, though, Antonio’s a terrific young man from a great family and a top notch program in Florida. Really looking forward to having him join the family!

Michael Carvell

July 23rd, 2011
1:27 pm

@Jacket Man, thanks for your post. Antonio Crawford’s high school coach said he was not clocked as fast (4.39) at Georgia Tech camp, but there might’ve been a good reason for it. Coach Weiner said, due to construction at the camp that particular day, they had to move the 40 times to a different location and Crawford had the wrong kind of shoes for the surface. He had left the shoes he needed in Florida and they weren’t going to drive back for them. So Crawford went ahead and ran anyways. Weiner said he couldn’t remember Crawford’s 40 time but it was good, too. Not as good as he clocked at Dawg Night but close. Thanks

Tech Insider

July 23rd, 2011
1:28 pm

Former 4* DB Ryan Ayers is transferring to Liberty University per reports. Good luck to the kid.

Dawg4Life

July 23rd, 2011
1:29 pm

Ramblin’ Man- I think the biggest difference in your (GT’s) case and OSU’s, is the fact that an “alleged” agent was involved in yours. OSU’s is a tattoo parlor. Dumbest thing I have ever heard. But you are right about the NCAA not wanting to slam OSU, their little baby. Although, it doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t get slammed. Nice pick up by the way. I would say that UGA has gotten some nice production out of our athletes from Plant.

GT Jason- Sprinting doesn’t exactly work that way. The 40 time is used to calculate quick burst of speed, the 100 meter gives the runner more time to get up to full speed. So, as fast as Bolt is, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it translates into a 4.29 time in the 40. Not saying he can, or he can’t, but it is apples and oranges.

Ramblin Man

July 23rd, 2011
1:38 pm

Dawg Night,
So what does that say about Chester Brown? Have you posted your disgust and laughter about his other offers? Some kids just don’t get invited to all the camps that others do and in the long run that is what gets them the star rating above three. Antonio has also been playing both sides of the ball and that could effect performence. Besides why do you care who commits to GT?
Tossed Salad,
Assuming you can read I suggest you try to do some research before making such stupid comments. GT’s graduation rate is lower than several schools I will grant you that, but if you bother to look you will notice that is not just athletes and the freshman drop out rate can get a little high. Now if you can make it through then GT has an excellent history of landing graduates in very succesful fields and with good companies like Microsoft, Boeing, GE ect. ect. while having a very high payrate than most other schools cannot begin to promise. Don’t let facts get in your way though.