After slowing down the last few weeks, Oklahoma is on the move on the recruiting trail once again, as the Sooners landed long time wide receiver target and Rockford, Texas product Jaquayln Crawford. Crawford announced his intention to attend school in Norman on twitter, a decision that has been anticipated by many for a while now, but is no less exciting despite that anticipation. Head coach Lincoln Riley summed up the excitement very nicely, with his favorite emoji.
THANK YOU GOD..
— . (@KingCrawford_) July 17, 2017
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Crawford is the 15th commitment in Oklahoma’s 2018 recruiting class, and the fourth receiver, along with Kundarrius Taylor, Treveon Johnson and Jaylen Robinson. Robinson and Crawford are both slot receivers, while Taylor and Johnson will almost certainly play on the outside. Unless Crawford ends up playing on the other side of the ball in Norman (he has the talent to do it if need be), I expect Jaquayln to be the final receiver in the 2018 class, barring something crazy happening.
Crawford picked Oklahoma over 24 other offers, from TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Florida, Georgia, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Tennessee, among others. He named a top four of Oklahoma, Texas, TCU and Texas A&M recently, though this was mainly thought of as being a two team battle between Texas and Oklahoma. A recent visit to Texas had some thinking the Longhorns may be the choice for Crawford, but ultimately Lincoln Riley and his staff had built a large enough lead to hang on and land the talented athlete.
On the field, Crawford, as I mentioned, is a true slot receiver. At just around 5-foot-10, he certainly has the prototypical size to play in the slot, and he has the skill set and athleticism to match his frame. He runs a 4.55 40 time, but his pure speed isn’t his greatest physical attribute, that distinction goes to his quickness. Quickness is extremely valuable in slot receivers, and Crawford might be the quickest recruit in the nation. He burns corners and safeties frequently with his excellent route running ability, and he’s about as dependable as he could be when it comes to his hands. To put it simply, Crawford is a quarterback’s dream, and a defensive coordinator’s nightmare. His ceiling comparison is Odell Beckham Jr.