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It is hard to know which position Jaqualyn Crawford plays the best. During the 2016 season at Rockdale (Texas) High, the three-star athlete played defensive back, wide receiver and running back, and handled kick returns.
Rockdale head coach Jeff Miller said Crawford’s natural physical abilities paired with his intellect have made him the versatile player he is.
“He’s a very intelligent kid,” Miller said. “His overall intelligence is very high and his football IQ is very high. He picks things up and remembers things, and that allows you to utilize him so many ways.”
Miller said that versatility is what has turned Crawford into one of hottest names in recruiting.
Crawford landed 10 offers in the month of February, including Texas A&M, Georgia, Auburn, Florida, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Minnesota and Notre Dame.
“I’ve had several coaches tell me they feel like he’s a big-time corner,” Miller said. “But then they watch him with the ball in his hands and realize how much potential is there.”
Since being offered Feb. 16, Crawford has told BlueandGold.com multiple times that he intends to visit Notre Dame, most likely in the summer.
Miller said even though he’s yet to visit campus, Crawford already has a good idea of what Notre Dame is all about.
“I know [the offer] meant a lot to him,” Miller said. “He understands how prestigious one of those offers is.”
Miller added that Crawford’s understanding of the weight of an Irish offer is a sign that the Texas standout is wise beyond his years.
“Some kids don’t really get the big picture about being a part of something and being recruited,” Miller said. “But he does. He definitely understood how prestigious it was to get an offer from Notre Dame.”