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2020 Tyler John Tyler DB Kitan Crawford saw Texas several times this spring in several different lights. He made trips to February’s Junior Day, Texas Relays, and the UIL State track meet. Each time, the experience was better and better.
On his recent official visit, he knew he had found where he wanted to spend the next few years.
“Every time I go down there, it just feels like home,” Crawford said Friday. “I had to pull the trigger.”
Crawford brings high-level athleticism to the football field, enough to where a strong John Tyler program uses him on both sides of the ball. In his sophomore season for the Lions, Crawford had 269 rushing yards on 21 carries with two TDs, three receptions including one 68 yard touchdown catch, 30 total tackles, and two interceptions per MaxPreps.
He boasts impressive track times with a 10.6 personal record in the 100m. He was the lead leg on John Tyler’s 4x100m that recently finished second in 5A with a 40.61.
At Texas, he’ll likely be playing in the defensive backfield for corners coach Jason Washington, who was pivotal in Crawford’s decision to go to Texas.
“Coach Washington, he just feels like a step-dad,” Crawford said. “I can call coach, and whenever he answers the phone he’s always there. We basically have a relationship together.”
The John Tyler-to-Texas connection has been beneficial to the Longhorns for decades. Of course, the most notable product of that connection is Heisman-winning running back Earl Campbell.
However, several other Lions have gone on to don the burnt orange. Tim Crowder, Matt Melton, and Aaron Ross are a few of the names Crawford is set to join.
“It feels great,” Crawford said about continuing that pipeline. “I’ve got the city on my back. I’m doing something different, and it feels great.”
Crawford cited Texas’ proximity, academic and athletic prowess, and last year’s success as big reasons why he chose the Longhorns over schools like Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. He also noted he has faith in the coaches to continue to build on the season they helped put together last year. “I trust all the coaches, so that’s why I made my decision,” Crawford said.
At Texas, Crawford said he plans to study business and entrepreneurship. He will arrive in Austin with a unique nickname, Bug.
“My mom says it’s because of my big head, but there’s a movie called Bug’s Life,” Crawford said. “That’s my favorite movie. I used to watch it all the time.”
Crawford became the seventh member of Texas’ 2020 class with his recent pledge. Texas showed him everything he needed to see in order for him to make his decision.
It was one he’s sure about.
“It’s just Texas,” he said.