H.D. Woodson’s Kenny Crawley (No. 2) blocks a Dunbar punt during the 2010 Turkey Bowl, which was won by the Warriors, 44-12. (Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)

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.”