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Talking Texas with 2020 Football Signee Kitan Crawford

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Big-12 teams have had a label for many years now as exhibiting lackluster defenses. In 2016 the Oklahoma Sooners and quarterback Baker Mayfield defeated Texas Tech and Patrick Mahomes 66-59. The game set an FBS record of 1,708 yards of offense. Whether or not the label holds true, the Big 12 as a whole recruits some of the top defensive talent in the country.

The Longhorns, for example, have landed six 4-star defensive recruits in the 2020 class alone. Among those commits is lockdown cornerback, Kitan Crawford.

Crawford is a 4-star recruit according to the 247Sports Composite. The 6’0” defensive back is listed as the 25th best player in the state of Texas and ninth-best in the country at his position for the 2020 class.

“Speed and size make him different, he has the strength of a linebacker.”

Those are the words of John Tyler head football coach, Ricklan Holmes. 

“He will be playing on Sundays. High potential, hasn’t hit his ceiling yet.”

This past season, Crawford did it all as a senior for the John Tyler Lions. He carried the ball 120 times as a running back, amassing more than 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns. He caught 21 balls for nearly 300 more yards and another touchdown. 

On defense, he recorded 33 tackles and intercepted three passes, leading the Lions to the Class 5A Division 1 playoffs.

“Expect consistency and excellence,” Holmes said. “Recruits like Kitan can get Texas back to competing for a Big-12 and even national title.”

“They should expect me to contribute to the team and be a good role model on campus,” Crawford added on what Texas fans should expect from him.

His final three in the recruiting process were Texas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma, but he ultimately decided on Texas because “it felt like home,” Crawford said.

While Crawford played in all facets of the game at John Tyler High School, he’s expected to play cornerback upon joining Texas. 

“He could play the nickel as a freshman, he can even play safety,” Holmes said on Crawford’s versatility.

Crawford is one of the fastest kids in Texas as well. The freak athlete has a personal record of 10.60 in the 100-meters and 22.16 in the 200-meters, a mark he set when he just was a sophomore.

Last year, in the 5A State Championships, Crawford helped John Tyler finish second in the 4X100-meter relay.

“Working hard and being dedicated to my craft,” Crawford said on what leads to his personal success.”

There’s no doubt that athletes such as Crawford should have an immediate impact on the Longhorn defense, which finished last year’s campaign ranked 97th in the nation in total defense.

Crawford joins 4-star safeties Jerrin Thompson and Xavion Alford as defensive back in the recruiting class.

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