Georgia Tech football recruit risks losing his scholarship offer if he visits Miami this weekend

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Paul Johnson to recruit: ‘If you’re looking around, then we’re looking around" (AJC)

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.

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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.”

Paul Johnson has a documented history of “what commitment means.” Click here to read it.

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458 comments Add your comment

George Stein

January 26th, 2012
7:11 pm

Johnson is nothing if not consistent.

ATLNTA

January 26th, 2012
7:13 pm

Young man, this is just a piece of advice, DONT risk Ga tech scholarship. Miami cant match Tech academics. Stick with Tech for quality education

mark

January 26th, 2012
7:14 pm

first! Go to miami son, screw tech

Gravy Train

January 26th, 2012
7:14 pm

What a great recruiting strategy by Ole Turkey Neck. You want to know why Tech is getting worse at football? Man Boobs is the answer. He’s such a great coach that he doesn’t need quality recruits, nor the forward pass, nor special teams.

mark

January 26th, 2012
7:15 pm

Im sure Miami pays more than tech and actually has attractive women

BCSEC

January 26th, 2012
7:15 pm

Well just take your ball and go home then Coach Johnson. Miami has some they will let you play with Antonio.

Gravy Train

January 26th, 2012
7:17 pm

The Nerd Herd is still trying to convince itself and everyone else, that their athletes don’t have remedial studies, aka “management.”

Spike 80DF

January 26th, 2012
7:17 pm

haha, Grandma Johnson still hasn’t figured out this recruiting thing……

Just curious

January 26th, 2012
7:18 pm

This has me wondering which city has more chance to be mugged?

Luke

January 26th, 2012
7:19 pm

Gravy Train, you ever been in a Management class? I have. There’s a reason its ranked 20th in the nation.

FL Jacket

January 26th, 2012
7:21 pm

Happy trails Mr Crawford…enjoy being part of a recruiting class so big its nearly HALF the roster…

go42

January 26th, 2012
7:22 pm

I think it’s fair Johnson called and talked to the kid for 20m. Everybody already knows his policy.

GTBuzz85

January 26th, 2012
7:24 pm

Glad Johnson has standards and sticks to them. Integrity is needed more in college athletics. Thanks Coach.

Worm

January 26th, 2012
7:25 pm

Paul, What you have to offer doesn’t rival South Beach..Traditional football power and sunny days beat the heck out of the ghetto and daily robberies..My bad-You do have the VARSITY!

George Stein

January 26th, 2012
7:25 pm

Coral Gables is sooooooo scary, Just curious.

Bama88

January 26th, 2012
7:26 pm

When you coach at the Naval Academy, you are very strict. Seems his time in Atlanta has not mellowed Paul Johnson. In the end, recruiting in the ACC does not matter. With the exception of FSU, all of the recruits are pretty run of the mill. This is where the coaches have to “coach them up”. FSU, VT, and Clemson have players that are better than GT at almost every position. Yet FSU and Clemson have struggled against GT recently. VT has not. Recruiting helps, but the key is coaching.

Gravy Train

January 26th, 2012
7:27 pm

Let’s see, campus life is Crack Town vs. Coral Gables. Co-Eds: Tech has a few on the 1-5 scale, Miami has droves from the 6-10 scale. Opportunity to get coached in a system that will get you to the NFL: How’s that working out for Hill? The choice is clear. You math geeks should atleast be able to realize the probability of this. Something close to 1 out of 11. LOL!

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Beast from the East

January 26th, 2012
7:29 pm

Gotta give Johnson credit for sticking to his guns, but that policy certainly will never help him land a top recrtuing class. Who can fault a 17-18 kid for taking some free trips and being treated like roylaty? I know Coach Johnson doesn’t give a darn what I think, but he needs to reconsider this policy in my opinion.

FL Jacket

January 26th, 2012
7:29 pm

“Everything has happened so quickly, and I have 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.”

Does this sound like a committed student-athlete to you? Only, I guess, AS OF RIGHT NOW

Paul in NH

January 26th, 2012
7:30 pm

“With the exception of FSU, all of the recruits are pretty run of the mill.”

Yep – the U never gets any good players. That is why they have more alumni in the NFL than just about any other school – including UGA

bail1020

January 26th, 2012
7:30 pm

The young man should go to Miami on general principle. It is has given right to consider all options. He is doing only what the coach would do if he had offers at a couple of major universities for a head coaching job. The coach would never do this to any of the top 100 recruits in the country. Coach Johnson shows no respect for this young man rights to choice.

dawg meat

January 26th, 2012
7:31 pm

miami > tech

Party hard in south beach, scoring with wild chicks every night instead of dodging robbers on the tech campus with nothing to do.

UGABULLY

January 26th, 2012
7:32 pm

NERDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

George Stein

January 26th, 2012
7:32 pm

It sounds like a kid that wants to be sure he has a seat at the table but wants to see what’s at the other tables first, FL Jacket. I have no problem with him shopping around, but he needed to do it before he said he’d be sitting at our table.

Beast from the East

January 26th, 2012
7:33 pm

Paul in NH,
I seem to recall some pretty good ballplayers coming out of the Carolina schools, as well.

UGABULLY

January 26th, 2012
7:33 pm

WOMEN ARE BETTER LOOKING @ MIAMI.

NERDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Coach Hewitt...

January 26th, 2012
7:33 pm

So…Crawford is gone… Tomlinson is gone & Cody is prolly flipping too…

Solid recruiting week CPJ…

George Stein

January 26th, 2012
7:33 pm

You don’t have a right to a college scholarship, bail.

Troll hard, UGABULLY.

Paul in NH

January 26th, 2012
7:34 pm

Beast,
If the kid was taking the trip 4 weeks ago it is one thing, but 1 week before NSD?

UGABULLY

January 26th, 2012
7:34 pm

PAUL JOHNSON IS PART OF LAMDA LAMDA LAMDA.

NERDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe

January 26th, 2012
7:35 pm

My pitiful UGA education has me struggling with the math behind Miami being able to take 34 or 35 kids in this class. Can someone please help me out?

Coach Hewitt...

January 26th, 2012
7:35 pm

forgot to add… SMH… ;-(

FL Jacket

January 26th, 2012
7:35 pm

Must be great to live in a world where I can still CHOOSE after I COMMIT…

Beast from the East

January 26th, 2012
7:36 pm

“You don’t have a right to a college scholarship”

No, but a kid should be given the discretion to explore all of his options before making a decision that will impact the rest of his life. Not bashing Johnson, as I think he’s a really fine coach, but this policy of his is not suited for today’s environment.

Paul in NH

January 26th, 2012
7:36 pm

Beast,
If by the Carolina schools you mean UNC and NCSU, I agree with you. Duke and WF have had a little more difficulty getting good ball players.

UGABULLY

January 26th, 2012
7:36 pm

@ George Stein

NERDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RedGADawg

January 26th, 2012
7:36 pm

Obviously what is best for student is not what PJ is interested in, sounds like Republicans and negative campaigning, why would any recruit commit to Yella Bug land early? Go look and make an informed decision, every school offers a quality education to a serious student and you are a FL native.

bcall123169

January 26th, 2012
7:37 pm

GRAVY TRAIN, we have management,u got under water basket weaving,girl slappin 101 and paper rollin advanced

Beast from the East

January 26th, 2012
7:38 pm

Paul,
He wasn’t invited until yesterday according to the article. If I was Johnson I would say “go have a good time and we’ll look forward to getting your signature next Wednesday. We’ve honored our commitment by holding your spot and we expect you to do the same”.

bcall123169

January 26th, 2012
7:39 pm

red,aw never mind u can vote for obama soon

Dr. Knockafuji

January 26th, 2012
7:40 pm

Blowhard coach, high school offense, washed up defensive coordinator, third tier team….I wonder why??

Mama Says

January 26th, 2012
7:40 pm

If he was so intrigued by Miami he should have not committed to Tech. Fact is he did not have any interest from Miami until now, after they reviewed the other offers that fell through. What this young man doesn’t understand is that he is/was their 26 th choice.

I say pull the offer before he goes and say good luck.

CPJ has been around long enough now that all the recruits know the game, don’t commit unless you are really committed.

Building a program requires planning, you can’t plan when recruits waiver !

FL Jacket

January 26th, 2012
7:40 pm

Beast…

If you were Johnson, I would also hope you’ve lined up a few extra visits in case the kid left you high and dry. If a guy was committed, you really wouldn’t have to do that.

Rick James

January 26th, 2012
7:40 pm

If anyone is trying to sell me on anything and doesnt encourage me to look around I know that it’s not for me.I wonder if CPJ was the same way with women in his life?

UGABULLY

January 26th, 2012
7:41 pm

NERDS???

OH YEA, NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GTBob

January 26th, 2012
7:41 pm

And this is why we love CPJ. If the kid wants to throw it away, let him throw it away. No one really cares. Somebody else will be glad to take his spot.

Joe

January 26th, 2012
7:43 pm

Unfortunately for Tech fans, it seems that Coach Johnson has not come to grips with the fact that the players hold the leverage.

Who is Coach Johnson going to bring in this weekend to replace the kid? Perhaps coach has another D1 CB just waiting around for a Tech offer, but it’s a lot more likely that a walk-on level player could wind up with an offer.

FL Jacket

January 26th, 2012
7:43 pm

None of you Trolls can’t answer this simple question…

If this kid really isn’t committed, why doesn’t he de-commit while he takes his OV to Miami and return the same courtesy GT did by holding his spot this whole time?

GTBob

January 26th, 2012
7:44 pm

If anyone is trying to sell me on anything and doesnt encourage me to look around I know that it’s not for me

CPJ tells every recruit to look around and make sure before they commit.