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Crawford visiting West Virginia after South Carolina pulls offer

David Mitchell

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.com

Former Hardaway running back Justin Crawford had planned to visit South Carolina this weekend, but instead will travel to West Virginia after the Gamecocks were forced to rescind his offer.

South Carolina received a commitment from fellow running back Tyren Jones (Hutchinson C.C.) on Jan. 24, its third back to commit or sign in the 2016. The others are Rico Dowdle, a three-star back from Asheville, N.C., and C.J. Freeman, a three-star from Greensboro, N.C.

Crawford took an in-home visit from Mountaineers coach Dana Holgersen and some of his offensive staff this week and will get to spend some extra time with the group over the weekend. West Virginia is one of a mounting pile of offers for Crawford, who spent two years at Northwest Mississippi Community College. Crawford was named NJCAA offensive player of the year as a sophomore this past season.

He is also considering an offer from Missouri and has stated heavy interest in the University of Georgia, though the Bulldogs have yet to offer.

Crawford is not expected to make a decision before national signing day.

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