DB Antonio Crawford flips from Georgia Tech to Miami

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.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson lost one and gained one recruit on Sunday (AJC photo)

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson lost one and gained one recruit on Sunday (AJC photo)

“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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187 comments Add your comment

Concrete Pete

January 29th, 2012
5:43 pm

hahahahahahahahahaha 9 of 10!

Concrete Pete

January 29th, 2012
5:44 pm

Guess Fish fry was going to pull his offer anyway, huh? Haha, stick to basketball geeks. Oh wait, you suck at that too

kbrab

January 29th, 2012
5:46 pm

Bummer, but not surprising.

Dawg Bounty Hunter

January 29th, 2012
5:48 pm

the U of northern Cuba.. but maybe its a better fit.. he is from Florida

SLAWDAWG

January 29th, 2012
5:48 pm

Another one bites the dust!!! Your turn Will!

Ramblin Man

January 29th, 2012
5:50 pm

Hope he does well. Can’t blame him for doing what felt was right for him. Sucks the UNC recruit did not take his visit after he got the same speach from their coaching staff if he took the visit that CPJ gives GT recruits.

FUCPJ

January 29th, 2012
5:50 pm

This kid will sit on the bench for the nesxt four years haha.But he did say it was the best school for him so i can respect that.

George Stein

January 29th, 2012
5:52 pm

Seven comments, four trolls. Nice.

Scott

January 29th, 2012
5:52 pm

Missed out on a good education but I guess a lot of athletes do that. They all have the mindset that they are going pro when in reality about 1% of them do.

Jacket Dad

January 29th, 2012
5:54 pm

Not surprised….but not happy. Johnson better get some of the guys they are in play for or this is going to get ugly. It’s getting exhausting being a Jacket fan. But I still am!

Beast from the East

January 29th, 2012
5:55 pm

Isn’t that the U’s 32nd commit?

Lee

January 29th, 2012
5:55 pm

Concrete Pete, from one Dawg fan to another…stay off the Tech blogs if you don’t have anything positive to post.

Sports Fan

January 29th, 2012
6:02 pm

Any word on the other 2 OV from the weekend?

BigDawg

January 29th, 2012
6:03 pm

Paul Johnson: “If you’re looking, we’re looking.” Paul what have you found?? hahaha

SickandTired

January 29th, 2012
6:03 pm

Hey Dawgs. Keep it classy and enjoy another one of those great recruiting classes you got coming it that will underachieve.

Stone

January 29th, 2012
6:03 pm

I think coach Johnson need to reconsider his attitude about recruit going to see other school…stop making this about you coach its about these players who will be playing for free while you get paid. sorry educatyion at Tech..average $20k per year…which doesnt compare to the money the team makes the school….get off their backs.

Bummer

January 29th, 2012
6:04 pm

Wish the kid the best, but this stinks! How many commits does Miami have????? Reality is that Miami has the name that GT does not. It is what it is. Sure hope Adams doesn’t flip or this is going be UGLY……

Preston

January 29th, 2012
6:04 pm

HA HA! That’s what an arrogant coach that tries to intimidate kids from exploring every opportunity gets! Those kids NEED to look around, take their trips, and enjoy the recruiting process because it’s a once in a lifetime experience that is extremely important for their future.

Gorilla Biscuit

January 29th, 2012
6:05 pm

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.”

Yeah, I bet Coach Fishfry and Al Groh is lifting a toast to you right now.

Reality Bites

January 29th, 2012
6:05 pm

Turkey neck is a loser in bowl games, against Ga, and the recruiting wars. So what if he won at a high-school plus one football program.

Reality Bites

January 29th, 2012
6:07 pm

BTW, Preston youare right. We snipe the likes of Jaybo shaw and others from MTSU, Alabama, Auburn, UM, and Ga take em from us. Johnson is turning our program into the punks of the Southeast.

Ramblin Man

January 29th, 2012
6:07 pm

Sports fan they both said they really enjoyed it for whatever that is worth.

gt4ever

January 29th, 2012
6:07 pm

NO integrity, NO honor…. I don’t care if he is the best athlete in the country… We can do without….

Old Gold Britches

January 29th, 2012
6:08 pm

Best of luck Antonio. We are moving on. Everytime I lost a good associate in business to a promotion or better job, I would do as PJ is doing.Look to bring in someone as good or even better. Keep on rolling Jackets!

count_schemula

January 29th, 2012
6:08 pm

Al Golden can recruit. UM has practically no depth in the defensive backfield. He will play next year. Nice pick-up. As long as they can avoid heavy sanctions, Golden is the man to bring Miami back.

Sports Fan

January 29th, 2012
6:08 pm

Hey Preston…these kids have had months to take visits. This late in the game is a pure lack of integrity.

old gold

January 29th, 2012
6:09 pm

We just got a commit from a WR you will get to know real well…good luck at Miami, hope yall get to play in a bowl game after probation!

Atl

January 29th, 2012
6:10 pm

Ive noticed a lot of tech folks saying that the kid will kiss out on a good education as if Miami is a bad school. It’s not at all, in fact it a good small private school and pricey at that. I think a lot of folks think its some thug public school. Not even close.

rdawg

January 29th, 2012
6:11 pm

Hey PJ how’s the search going?

Henry Halloran

January 29th, 2012
6:13 pm

Good decision.

GT fan

January 29th, 2012
6:14 pm

No big surprise. I was 18 once, and I had similar “you can’t tell me what to do” episodes, like PJ saying your scholarship is at risk if you take OVs after committing to GT.

Let’s see:
Antonio Crawford … Pos = ATH
Stars – 2
Grade – 73
167th best ATH in 2012 class
277th best player in the state of FL
779th best player in the region … southeast I’m assuming.

Yep, GT will never win another game if they keep losing players as goods as AC.

Preston

January 29th, 2012
6:15 pm

I’m a Bulldog fan but being a native Georgian, it would be nice to see both of the in state schools get something going. UGA hasn’t been much the last few years, but they are way above tech and speaking objectively, GT simply won’t get any better than they are right now with CPJ as the head coach. I called it right from the start when he was hired. That old school, resurrected offense from the sixties would take a couple of years to figure out how to defend and then it would fizzle out like it did back then. You guys one yourselves an ACC championship with it and beat UGA once and nothing of significance since. If I’m the AD at tech, I make a change very soon or it’s just going to be the same ol’ same ol’ year in and year out.

SDC

January 29th, 2012
6:17 pm

that makes 8 db miami has in this class. what a dumb move by this kid. and enjoy not playing along with the coming bowl ban. miami is going to get creamed by the ncaa

rogeriter

January 29th, 2012
6:18 pm

Dawg fan here and I am embarrassed that so many negative comments are posted by other dawg fans. I have to think most of the negative postings are by college students…not alumni. They sound so childish. Maybe they will grow up someday. I’m sorry you lost this guy…but the sun will still rise tomorrow.

Sabanist

January 29th, 2012
6:20 pm

Look at all the malicious comments from bitter nerds. Didn’t ghetto tech lose a coach this weekend too? That other commit is at Auburn this weekend right? Unless coach man boobs johnson in totally lacking in credibility he has to pull that kids scholarship offer too right? Wow all you geeks are quiet this weekend. You had a lot to say after that biased article about coach Saban but not so much after all the similar behavior from coach fish fry.

Tampa Gator

January 29th, 2012
6:20 pm

I watched this kid play in the Florida HS playoffs. He is a good corner and a big loss for Tech….and a good gain for Miami. But Florida is for the Noles and Gators this year. Miami’s situation is really hurting them in the state.

Scott

January 29th, 2012
6:21 pm

Atl, I didn’t say it was a bad school but I think it’s safe to say that Tech ranks a little bit higher? Let’s be real, most of these players think they have a shot at going pro so they go to the best school for football. I highly doubt they look much into the academics since most of them are communication majors anyway. Smart athletes will look at both. A school that gives them a shot to excel in football and one that will make them a lot of money if they don’t go pro. And I agree with everything Preston said, it’s impossible to recruit a high number of 4-5 stars under this system.

Old Gold Britches

January 29th, 2012
6:21 pm

Preston….let me get out my violin…………..Good thing your not the AD. Get a QB that can pass and it will mix things up better. Not that he will pass a lot more, but it will make a difference.

Genius Jacket

January 29th, 2012
6:22 pm

Can Paul Johnson recruit some defensive players, please?

GT fan

January 29th, 2012
6:22 pm

Donte Aycock … appears that AC may have similar character/integrity issues. Won’t be surprised to find out AC’s football turned out as good as DA did.

Miami is ranked 13th in recruiting so far. They have 31 commits, 5 of the ESPNU top 150, 11 4-star, 15 3-star commits.

AC wasn’t going to see the field much at GT. He’ll be lucky to see the practice field at “the U”
Better for him that his free education is much closer to his home. A degree from either GT or UM is more than enough.

wolfman

January 29th, 2012
6:22 pm

Pitty his future wife that thinks he is committed…… What if a better option comes along?

SDC

January 29th, 2012
6:24 pm

preston every uga gt game has been competitive aside from last years. it could easily be 3-1 against you guys. it’s not like we’re losing 38-14 every year

GT fan

January 29th, 2012
6:25 pm

Whatever Tampa Gator. And I’m having dinner with president Obama tonight.
2-stars, 73 grade is not a loss (GT) or gain (UM), it’s just someone wearing a #.

Prove me wrong in 4-5 years, and I’ll give a roll of nickles. But I bet I’ll be keeping them.

wolfman

January 29th, 2012
6:26 pm

@GT Fan. That;s interesting since you can only sign 25 per year. Wonder who UM is going to dump?

CC

January 29th, 2012
6:26 pm

I don’t blame him for changing his mind.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

January 29th, 2012
6:27 pm

with 32 on the cuff it sounds like Da U is hurting.

DawginSewer

January 29th, 2012
6:28 pm

We`s can gets alls recruits wes needs that Saban doesn`t wantes. We`s wins a fews loses a few, but we`s happy in the seweres. Mies degree in Communicateins and minores in Engleshses makes me a reals possiblisites for Walmarts. Lifes is goodes. Goes Dwwages. Wes is the bestes.

Reffis Ruffss

kingster

January 29th, 2012
6:28 pm

Concrete Pete, you must be a UGA fan, why is your neck so RED, be a good sport (if you know what that means) UGA will never catch up with Bama, Tenn. and Vandy are moving up, you are scared of LSU, so you jump at the closet team u r near, so sad, so, so, sad. For years UGA has a top 10 recruiting class, how many times have they won the SEC in the last 10 years, greedy and nasty, CMR is on the clock, just like CPJ, winning 8 to 10 games are cool, but people want more, do ya hear that CPJ. In Crawford, you didn’t miss much, FSU and UF did not even offer him and Miami did at the last minute, one good thing about it, when the UM meets TECH, and if he (Crawford) plays, GT is going right at him, I can see our new recruit T. Henry, steam rolling that little fellow to the bench, TECH was good to him, even his HS coach stated that. Adams is going to be on Auburn’s scout team, watch and see (smile), children, well they are all grown men now (lol)

Sabanist

January 29th, 2012
6:28 pm

coach man boobs did pick up a wr though. Now if they could just figure out that footballs can be thrown down the field and get someone that can throw it they will still suck LOL LOL LOL

Get it bug boys?

DawginSewer

January 29th, 2012
6:30 pm

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