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Crawford continues JT to UT pipeline

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Texas has done well at one of East Texas’ most storied programs, John Tyler High School. The Lions-to-Longhorns connection will continue in the Class of 2020.

Cornerback Kitan Crawford committed to Texas while on campus tonight, choosing the Longhorns over Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and others.

Kitan Crawford, CB – John Tyler HS (TX) (2020)

How he fits at Texas: Crawford is a really smooth, legit 4.4 athlete whose corner film shows him turning and running with guys with no apparent effort to stay on top of their routes. That’s useful in Texas’ quarters defense, where CBs need to be able to stay over the top on the sideline without help. He has big-time potential at corner, another guy that can probably be trusted to develop into a player that can run with the Big 12’s faster wideouts without needing help over the top. – IB

Coach says:Strengths — Good acceleration with sprinter’s speed. Good balance and nimble with change of direction. Good vision and it looks like there is good space for bulk on his frame. Averaged over 12 yards per carry last season at RB, but his CB film shows fluid hips and his future position. Plus he at least makes an effort to be physical and finish runs. Part of 4×100 relay that posted nation’s fastest time. Areas for Improvement — He’s raw, and needs technique/nuance to his game on defense. A senior year of film at cornerback will do wonders for his confidence, a staple for all great corners.

How he fits at Texas: In the Todd Orlando era, playing with 5-6 DBs on the field is all too common in the Big 12. Crawford has the size/speed for corner, but the tenacity/tackling ability to potentially play nickel as well. That versatility is what really endears Crawford to the Texas staff. At this point, it’s UT and everyone else in his recruitment. Texas likes to take defensive backs with the ability to play multiple positions, and Crawford offers that. At 6-foot, 190, his stock is on the rise. I’m glad Texas knew about him before any other big programs. Living in Tyler has its benefits. – JW

Crawford is the seventh member of Texas’ 2020 class joining Ja’Quinden Jackson (Duncanville), Jaden Hullaby (Dalllas Bishop Dunne), Jaylen Garth (Port Neches-Groves), Jake Majors (Prosper), Logan Parr (Helotes O’Connor), and Hudson Card (Lake Travis)