H.D. Woodson All-Met Kenneth Crawley (center) blocks a punt in the 2010 Turkey Bowl. (Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)

So on Sunday, Crawley, a former Tennessee commit, finally made public his decision to commit to Colorado over Kansas, his other finalist. And on Wednesday, National Signing Day, Crawley said he intends to carry out his word and sign with the Buffaloes.

“This is a rebuilding type of year and they just need players,” Crawley said Thursday. “I fell in love with the school as soon as I went out there for a visit. I love the coaches and the atmosphere and everything. They came on a home visit and met my parents and that was it right there.”

Crawley becomes the third H.D. Woodson player to commit to Colorado. Senior defensive back John Walker committed to the Buffaloes two weeks ago. And 2010 All-Met defensive end De’Jon Wilson, a former Kansas recruit, chose Colorado in November. Crawley admits the opportunity to play with high school teammates and friends was attractive.

“I always wanted to play with teammates,” he said. “With us going to the same school, I got the chance to do that. That helped me.”

Crawley, a shutdown corner who notched 43 tackles and five interceptions last season, joined Wilson on his official visit of the Boulder school in early December.

And last weekend, Crawley took an official visit to Kansas, with Wilson, too, to make sure he was confident about choosing Colorado, he said. He added that he and his family wanted to him to get away from the District to experience other parts of the country.

Crawley rebuffed offers from schools such as Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan State and Oklahoma, among others, because he fell in love with Colorado. Maryland made a late push under new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, a Ballou graduate with strong ties to area high school coaches, but Crawley thought the Terrapins were too late to pursue him.

“I think I can come in myself, and other players too, and I think [Colorado has] a very good recruiting class,” Crawley said. “We landed another four-star recruit and we can win some games and turn it around. I think we can improve.”