Thursday, October 27, 2016

When Wendell Smallwood announced that he would forgo his senior season to enter the NFL Draft, Mountaineer Nation began to panic and for good reason. Smallwood was WVU’s best option in the backfield this past season and was the Big 12 leading rusher. Consequently the WVU coaching staff turned the heat up on one of it’s top targets and it paid off when JUCO RB Justin Crawford committed to WVU during his official visit this weekend.

Crawford was originally scheduled to visit South Carolina this weekend. However, a visit from Coach Holgorsen, offensive coordinator Joe Wickline, and running backs coach JaJuan Seider influenced the Georgia native enough to change his plans.

Crawford, 6’1 200 lbs. running back from Northwest Mississippi Community College, has the tools to step in and replace Smallwood in the Mountaineers offense. Crawford not only has 4.5 40 speed but has the ability to lower his shoulder and pound for extra yards which is what makes him an attractive option for WVU. He finished this past season with over 1500 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns but averaged a very impressive 25.5 yards a catch.

Crawford chose the Mountaineers over Georgia, Missouri, Ole Miss, and South Carolina. Look for Crawford to make an immediate impact this season. Crawford is the third running back to verbally commit in the 2016 class joining Kennedy McKoy, who is already enrolled, and Martell Pettaway.

Crawford was a JUCO All-American and National Offensive Player of the Year this past season.



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