November 7, 2013

Spartans visit Texas WR

Michigan State is looking to add a play-making wide receiver to the class of 2014 and the Spartan staff is being very thorough in their evaluation of recruits. One player the staff is definitely interested in is Darious Crawley of Cypress Ridge High School in Houston, Texas. SpartanMag.com has some details on the recruitment of the 5-foot-11, 195-pound prospect.


The Spartan staff is looking coast to coast to find a wide receiver they believe can be an early impact player. Crawley is one of a few select prospects that the staff has identified as having the potential to be that player. We spoke with Crawley about his recruitment and what he is hearing from Michigan State.

"Things are going great," Crawley stated. "I have 9 offers right now. Coach Samuel from Michigan State was out to watch my practice yesterday. He said they are really interested in me and he likes how I am a "smooth" player".

Crawley is rated a 2-star wide receiver, but do not let that ranking fool you. He has spent much of his high school career playing quarterback and that has limited his exposure as a game-breaking pass catcher. He only switched to wide receiver in the 4th game of the season this year. The Spartans have offered Crawley as scholarship as have schools such as Iowa State, Kansas, Houston Colorado State and a few others.

The offer from a Big Ten powerhouse program carries a lot of weight with Crawley and we asked him what he knows about Michigan State and if leaving Texas is a possibility.

"I think they are a good school, Crawley said. They are playing great this year. I have watched them play a bit. We have talked about taking a visit up there a little, but have not made a date or anything. I don't mind going away from home am just looking for a school I can fit into, that runs an offense I like and has good academics."

Crawley has not really focused a lot on recruit as of yet. He indicated that the most important thing is helping his team have a successful season. Cypress Ridge is current 5-4 and looking to end the season on a positive when they host rival Cypress Springs on Saturday.

For that reason, Crawley does not really have a favorite school at this point. He indicated he wants to visits some schools to learn more about the academic and athletic opportunities they have.

"Right now I do not have any 1 school that is standing out. I will no more after I take some visits."

Michigan State likely only has 1 scholarship spot for a wide receiver in this class. For that reason they have the luxury of being able to be very selective. Look for the staff to try and set up a visit for Crawley at some point in mid-December or early January. That will give both him and the staff to build rapport and decide if he wants to bring his talents to the Big ten.

Matt Dorsey's Take: The inside word is Michigan State would like to find a player that can do some of the things Keshanw Martin did while he was in East Lansing. Crawley has some of those same make-you-miss skills that Martin possessed coming out of high school as a quarterback.

Do not look fob the Spartans to have many official visits between now and the holiday. Michigan State only has 1 home game left and that is on Thanksgiving Weekend. In addition, if the Spartans are playing in the Big ten Championship game that will occupy a visit weekend in December.

The Spartans may use a weekend in mid-January to host the majority of committed recruits as well as a few select uncommitted players that they would like to see in Green and White.


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