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Some “Boom news” on Big 12 media day. For months Sooners fans have been anxiously awaiting the decision Jaquayln Crawford — and they finally have it. Moments ago, the 4-star prospect and 5th overall athlete in 2018 announced his verbal commitment to the Sooners via Twitter:
THANK YOU GOD..
— . (@KingCrawford_) July 17, 2017
This news couldn’t come at a better time for the Sooners as Crawford was expected to make his decision in August, but can now use this momentum going into BBQ on the 29th where Oklahoma is expected to host some big names.
Crawford ranks 187th overall and 5th at his position (athlete). He becomes the Sooners 15th commitment in their 2018 class that moves up to 8th nationally and 2nd in the Big 12.
This is the one Sooners fans have been waiting for. Jaquayln Crawford is one of the more dynamic and impressive prospects in this 2018 class. Ranked at 187 overall, don’t be surprised if he moves into the top-150 before it is all said and done.
Judging a receivers hands isn’t always the easiest, especially going off of highlight film where to you don’t see the drops. That said, not sure Oklahoma has a receiver committed that has better hands than Crawford. On both sides of the ball, Crawford makes a number of impressive catches this one probably taking the the top spot:
This catch aside, Crawford shows consistently soft but strong hands; catching the ball away from his body.
Speed & Quickness:
Crawford ran a 4.5, 40-yard dash at the Nike Dallas Opening with a tweaked hamstring. To me that says there is some potential that Crawford could run in the 4.4’s when he’s 100% heathy. However, even at 4.5, that still puts Crawford in the “deep threat” category.
Still, you need more than straight-line speed to compete at the next level and Crawford delivers in the quickness and agility department. His cuts are quick, sharp, and brutal for defenders. Best example of this is in 2:46 in the film above (I would gif it but HUDL doesn’t allow you to). Crawford takes a handoff, looks like he’s running at the 1-gap just to the left of the center, then bounces outside and just shreds the secondary.
Crawford isn’t as polished as some of Oklahoma’s other commits when it comes to route running, but that is to be expected from a guy that splits time on offense, defense, and special teams. Is it worrisome? Not at all. Route running is all about practice and repetition, and seeing that Crawford will likely stay on the offensive side of the ball in Norman, he’ll get plenty of time to polish his route running ability.
Special Teams Potential:
Oklahoma hasn’t had strong special teams play for a couple years now. That’s going to change. I’m sure you noticed by now that Crawford is up there with some of the best returners in the country. Not sure how you can keep him off the field early, especially in the kickoff return game where he excels.
Mentioned it above, but this commitment couldn’t come at a better time for Oklahoma. Sooners hosting some big 2018 and 2019 recruits on the 29th and landing a name like Crawford creates some momentum that may have fallen off during the dead period.
Also be on the lookout for some updates to the prediction page either later tonight or tomorrow.