Word trickled out of Virginia Tech’s spring game last weekend that H.D. Woodson junior defensive back Kenny Crawley had committed to the Hokies. Not true, according to Woodson assistant Wayne Johnson, who said Crawley will not make any decision until he takes his official visits next fall.
About 20 schools — including Georgia (the first to offer him), Virginia Tech, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Arkansas and South Carolina — have scholarships waiting for the 6-foot, 170-pound Crawley. After incepting six passes last season, Crawley is being recruited as a defensive back.
But Crawley knows the longer he keeps schools in suspense, the louder the buzz and speculation swirls about him. Ultimately, it can raise the profile of a recruit.
“When you show your hand [and tell which schools you like or pick one], teams kind of back off,” Johnson said. “Kenny, though, is keeping it close to him, so everybody’s coming after him.”
Another benefit of not revealing a school choice is that it gives you a chance to announce it on a bigger stage. Johnson said he received a call earlier this month from a representative of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which likes to have several of its participants announce their college plans during the broadcast of the game in January.
“They were interested in [inviting] Adeboye [Aromire],” Johnson said of the Woodson defensive back, who signed with Virginia Tech earlier this year, “but he decided too early, [orally committing in June 2010] and they backed off.”