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.
“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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