- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
An offer from Ohio State initially piqued the interest in 2015 Michigan commit Shaun Crawford (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward), leading him to say he might take a visit to see what the Buckeyes had to offer.
His tone has now changed, however, after taking a visit to Michigan this past weekend along with most of the 2014 commitments.
“I felt even more close to the coaching staff, and I loved every minute of it. The 2014 commits treated me like I was part of their class,” he said. “I can’t wait to get up there and start playing with those fellas. The only trip I’ll be making to Columbus is for the Columbus Touchdown banquet.”
Crawford is talking about an annual banquet put on by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, honoring the top prospects in the state. That puts to bed any rumors that the No. 74 prospect in the ESPN Junior 300 will take any visits to rival Ohio State.
His father, John, was also on the trip to Michigan and came away with the same feelings his son did about the program.
“Shaun and the family are 100 percent committed to the University of Michigan,” John said. “Great time this weekend. Shaun bonded well with the 2014 class and played recruiter. Devin Funchess and Jeremy Gallon were great with Shaun and he loved getting to talk with those two.”
In fact, it seems as though the Michigan coaches instilled a fire into Crawford about where he ranked in terms of Ohio State’s 2015 recruiting board.
“Shaun has a real chip on his shoulder and can’t wait to play for Go Blue,” his father said. “He wants to prove he belongs and realizes Ohio State made him their No. 12 cornerback offer in 2015. That is inexcusable in comparison to Michigan.”
By keeping Crawford in the fold and back on the right track, it’s one fewer spot for the staff to fill and lets the staff spend more time focusing on uncommitted prospects.