One of Georgia Tech’s top football commitments risks losing his scholarship offer if he takes a recruiting trip to Miami this weekend.
Antonio Crawford, a defensive back from Tampa’s Plant High School, has been committed to Georgia Tech since last summer. However, things became complicated for Crawford when Miami coach Al Golden showed up at his school on Wednesday to both extend a scholarship offer and invitation to visit Miami this weekend.
The 5-foot-11, 184-pound Crawford has some tough decisions to make less than a week away from Wednesday’s signing day.
“Everything has happened so quickly, and I haven’t really had a chance to think about it a lot yet,” Crawford said on Thursday night. “I know I’m definitely considering the University of Miami. But, as of right now, I’m still committed to Georgia Tech.”
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson heard about Miami’s flirtations and had a 20-minute phone conversation with Crawford on Thursday. Crawford said his Georgia Tech scholarship will be jeopardized if he boards the plane to Miami on Friday.
“Coach Johnson basically said ‘If you’re looking around, then we’re looking around,’” Crawford said. “He said if I take my visit to Miami, they are bringing in a guy at Georgia Tech this weekend for a visit. If that guy commits, then he takes my spot.”
Is Crawford willing to take the risk? “I’m still visiting the University of Miami this weekend,” he said.
Crawford said other schools have made overtures that he ignored but that there’s something about Miami that is making him put so much at risk. “If you’re from Florida, everybody knows about the University of Miami. We grew up watching them win championships.”
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