The Oklahoma Sooners have plenty of young weapons at the receiver position on its current roster, but the addition of Rockdale (TX) four-star athlete Jaquayln Crawford makes the future look even brighter. Crawford committed to Oklahoma just days after Lincoln Riley was named head coach back in June, but it became official on Wednesday when he submitted his National Letter of Intent.
The quick athlete received offers from the likes of Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Texas and Texas A&M before his summer commitment to OU. He was also recruited by Chad Morris’ SMU staff, and the interest continued when Morris — now in Fayetteville — offered him a scholarship to Arkansas earlier this month. Crawford ended up taking a visit to Arkansas this past weekend, but it wasn’t quite enough to change his mind.
Crawford is listed as an athlete and there’s certainly a reason for it. While Crawford may project as a wide receiver at the next level and have the potential to light up Big 12 defenses, he’s an exceptionally talented football player who excels in coverage and would potentially make a great defensive back at the collegiate level. Nevertheless, it’ll be interesting to see if he can crack the rotation at receiver in 2018. He certainly has the talent to see the field immediately and do some damage when that actually happens. He’s not the biggest guy, but he plays the ball really well in the air and does some really good things in the open field. He’s someone who fits the mold of a Sterling Shepard or a Ryan Broyles — both of whom had the physical makeup of a slot receiver to go along with the playmaking ability to line up on the outside. Both were also tremendous route runners, and Crawford looks like he could also end up being great at that.