Dallas Crawford Highlights
The University of Miami's newest recruit
FORT MYERS — Dallas Crawford knows how to make a coach’s day.
The South Fort Myers senior quarterback/free safety made a phone call to new Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden on Tuesday morning.
“I just told him I was ready to be a ’Cane. He screamed. He was very happy,” Crawford said as he laced up his sneakers for an early afternoon practice with South’s basketball team.
Crawford’s verbal commitment to Miami came two days after he concluded an official visit to the Coral Gables school. His weekend included being shown around campus and Miami by Hurricanes wide receiver Travis Benjamin and quarterback Jacory Harris.
“I saw just about everything there is in Miami,” Crawford said.
Crawford, who withdrew his verbal commitment to Michigan earlier this month after the Wolverines dismissed coach Rich Rodriguez, praised the Hurricanes personnel.
“The coaching staff is great. They recruited me very hard. I’ve never been recruited that hard by any college,” said Crawford, who is listed 35th among the nation’s top cornerback recruits by Scout.com.
Other official visits that Crawford had lined up later this month — North Carolina and USC — won’t happen, he said.
“I’m done,” said Crawford, who is Lee County’s all-time leader in passing yards and in interceptions on the other side of the ball.
As a senior, Crawford led South to its best season, a 12-1 campaign that ended when Miami Norland junior Duke Johnson — a 2012 Hurricane recruit — burned the Wolfpack for three touchdowns in a Class 3A state semifinal.
“I know what he can do. If he can do what he did against us on the college level, we’ll have a pretty good back,” Crawford said.
Crawford is expected to sign on Feb. 2, National Signing Day, along with teammate Sammy Watkins, who has verbally committed to Clemson. A third Wolfpack player — senior tight end/defensive end Luke Smith — might also sign on that day. Smith, who is uncommitted, will make an official visit to Navy on Friday, South Fort Myers coach Grant Redhead said.
As for the first four-year varsity starter in South history, Redhead said he supports Crawford’s college choice.
“It just clicks for him,” Redhead said. “He likes his positional coach. He likes the coaching staff as a whole. It will be a good fit for him.”