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Oklahoma Sooners Football Recruiting: Sooners Host 2018 4-Star ATH Jaquayln Crawford

The speedy athlete from Rockdale, Texas, is hot on OU’s radar.

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Texas 2018 wide receiver/cornerback Jaquayln Crawford is on a visit to Norman this weekend as he continues his recruiting process. The four-star speedster has held the Oklahoma Sooners among his top 10 schools from early on in the recruiting cycle and could become the elite offensive perimeter commit the class of ‘18 has been waiting on.

As Episcopal (Bellaire, Texas) star wideout Jaylen Waddle, whom we recently covered as being one of OU’s principal offensive targets in 2018, was set to visit Norman this weekend, The Football Brainiacs report that he’s had to reschedule his trip due to conflicts with 7-on-7 summer football. While the Oklahoma staff waits on Waddle to make another visit to Norman, all sights are focused on showing Crawford — an electrifying playmaker in his own right — the tradition and excellence of Oklahoma football.

The dynamic talent finished his junior season with 1,364 yards from scrimmage and 17 offensive touchdowns and is ranked as the 134th overall prospect in the ESPN300. One glimpse at his film and it becomes evident Lincoln Riley and company wouldn’t miss a beat with Crawford in the slot. He has the versatility and experience to play on both sides of the ball, but he appears to be the perfect fit for Lincoln Riley’s system.

The primary assets that truly stick out with Crawford are his speed and agility. At 5-10, 165 pounds, he’s bouncy, elusive and comes equipped with ankle-breaking jukes for days. He gets excellent separation from his defender when the ball is in the air and comes down with some very smooth, controlled receptions resulting from a variety of routes. I’d mentioned a Ryan Broyles comparison when I wrote about Jaylen Waddle last week. Ditto with Jaquayln Crawford. It’s clear there is innate playmaking ability to burn in this versatile playmaker, especially evident in his ability to high point the football and win matchups in the air at his size.

This is one exciting football player.

Texas, where Crawford visited last weekend, is currently OU’s main competition to land Crawford followed by TCU and Notre Dame. But the Sooners seem to be in a good place with him, and this visit is well placed on a weekend where attention may not be as divided as others. It’d be ideal for the Sooners to land either Crawford or Waddle in 2018, but it would be an embarrassment of riches to land both.