Georgia Tech lost one of its recruits on Sunday.
Antonio Crawford, a defensive back from Tampa, flipped from the Yellow Jackets to Miami. He had been committed to Georgia Tech since last summer, but changed his mind after getting a last-minute offer from Miami a few days ago and taking a recruiting trip with the Hurricanes over the weekend.
“It was a pretty hard decision because I’ve been committed to Georgia Tech for a long time.” Crawford said. “I got to know the coaches and I got to know some of the other recruits. It was pretty tough to do it, but they respected my decision and I respected them for that.”
Crawford said he talked with Georgia Tech assistant Charles Kelly on Sunday and was assured that he still had a scholarship offer waiting for him after returning from Miami. Before the visit, Crawford told the AJC that it was his understanding that making the last-minute trip could jeopardize his Georgia Tech scholarship offer.
“I told him in the most respectful way that I was going to the University of Miami … and that was basically it,” Crawford told the AJC. “He said he wished me the best.”
Was Crawford surprised that Georgia Tech took the breakup so well? “No, I’m not surprised,” Crawford said. “The Georgia Tech people are real classy. They are respectable people, and I know they wouldn’t do anything like be angry and mad at me.”
Why did Crawford flip to Miami? “I’ve always liked Miami,” he said. “I got to know the coaches better this weekend. I got to know the players better. It was a beautiful campus. I just felt like it was the right place for me and the right fit.”
Robert Weiner, Crawford’s coach at Plant High School, said it was “not an easy for situation” for all parties involved.
“The bottom line is that Georgia Tech has been nothing but outstanding with this situation. It certainly wasn’t anything they did or didn’t do. It was kid who got an opportunity that he didn’t have a long time ago. We’re not a school that likes to have kids commit early and then de-commit. You like to see a kid stick with it until the end. But in the end, it’s Antonio’s life ,and he has to make the decisions that he made, and we’ll support him.”
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