Recruiting notebook: RB Crawford wavering on commitment to Louisville

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 11, 2014 

Hardaway's Justin Crawford runs the ball against Shaw Thursday night at Kinnett Stadium.

JOE PAULL — Joe Paull

Former Hardaway running back Justin Crawford is still committed to Louisville, despite the departure of Charlie Strong for the University of Texas.

How long he will remain committed, however, he isn’t entirely sure.

“I haven’t ruled them out or anything,” Crawford said this week. “Just, with a new coach, you know, anything could happen. He could pull my offer completely.”

That new coach is an old coach: Bobby Petrino, who coached at Louisville from 2003-06, before taking the head coaching position with the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons got only 13 games and a 3-10 record out of the coach, who was signed to a five-year contract, before he unceremoniously departed for the greener pastures of Arkansas, notifying his players with a four-sentence note in their lockers.

Crawford said that, as well as his infamous exit from Arkansas, were definite causes for concern.

“I’m still thinking about it,” he said. “With Petrino coming in, I know about what he did. He’s not a bad coach, I just don’t know about him as a person. … What student do you know would want to play for a guy who could write you a note and be gone the next day?”

Right now, Crawford claims offers from Louisville, Georgia, Alabama, Boston College and Tennessee. He said Auburn is interested, but he is not sure about an offer yet. He added that if he had to pick a leader right now, it would be the Bulldogs.

Crawford, who is a member of the 2015 recruiting class, said he has no timetable for his decision.

PASS BROTHERS PULL OFFERS FROM TEXAS A&M: Carver quarterback Jawon Pass and his brother, defensive back Khane Pass, added Texas A&M to their list of offers late last month.

Jawon, the younger of the two brothers, finished his sophomore season with nearly 2,200 yards passing and 23 touchdowns to be named the All-Bi-City offensive player of the year. He is one of the top quarterback recruits in the country for the 2016 class, earning a four-star ranking on Scout.com.

His offers include, in no order, North Carolina, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Clemson and Texas A&M. He wasn’t ready to rank his choices yet.

Khane (Class of 2015), however, ranked the Aggies at the top of his list, which also includes, in order, North Carolina, Clemson, Mississippi State, North Carolina State and Vanderbilt.

Khane was a first-team selection to the 2013 All-Bi-City football team.

VISITS: Central High standout defensive back Christian Campbell will take a visit to Arkansas on Jan. 17, according to Scout.com. He has not received an offer from the Razorbacks yet.

Campbell claims offers from Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Colorado State, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville State, Memphis, Northern Illinois, South Alabama, Southern Miss, UAB and Western Kentucky.

Email recruiting news — offers, visits, etc. — to dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.com or Tweet @leprepsports.

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