Crawford says Miami was always in his heart


Miami scored a verbal commitment from Plant (Tampa, Fla.) cornerback Antonio Crawford over the weekend. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior was previously committed to Georgia Tech.

Crawford says he felt like he was going to make the switch shortly after head coach Al Golden visited him at school last week and extended an offer.

"Growing up here in Florida you always heard about Miami," Crawford said. "You know about the swag and attitude that goes with playing for 'The U'."

Crawford is the third Tampa-area prospect the Hurricanes have snagged during this recruiting class. Earlier this month Miami received a commitment from ESPN 150 defensive end Tyriq McCord (Tampa, Fla./Jefferson).

"Tyriq and I went to middle school together, and I think it's cool that we'll be on the same team now," Crawford added.

The cornerback took an official visit to Miami this weekend against the wishes of Georgia Tech and head coach Paul Johnson, who stated that he would consider rescinding Crawford's offer if he took the trip.

Crawford says he spoke to the coaches and there are no hard feelings.

"I have a lot of respect for coach Johnson and the staff at Georgia Tech," Crawford said. "They just wished me luck at Miami."