From the moment he picked up an offer on campus at Louisville over the summer, there was little doubt in 2015 Columbus (Ga.) Hardaway running back Justin Crawford's mind about where he wanted to play his college football. On Tuesday, Crawford made it official, committing to the Cardinals more than a year before he's eligible to sign with the school.
"Ever since they started talking to me I've been thinking about it," Crawford said. "I think that's the best school for me and the best fit. I went up there in the summer for their camp and that's when they offered me."
Crawford said once the September contact period opened up his mailbox was flooded with cards and letters from Louisville and he really felt like he was a priority. Also, the fact that the Cardinals were the first to offer really stuck with him.
"It meant a lot to me that they offered me first," he said. "I just feel like they're on the come up there and I feel like I can contribute and fit in well with my abilities."
By making the decision early Crawford said he's now free to focus on getting better prepared to play at the next level.
"I just felt comfortable so I decided I didn't need to wait," he said. "It was a relief and now the pressure of making a decision is off my shoulders."
The distance from South Georgia to Louisville is something that Crawford acknowledged, but he said his family is on board with the decision.
"My mom doesn't care how far it is she just wants me to succeed," he said. "I'm not in a position where I can go to a school and play football and she can see me make her proud."
Crawford is planning on taking an unofficial visit to Louisville for a game soon but in the meantime he'll keep up with the program through his primary recruiter, Louisville assistant Kenny Carter.
"Me and Coach Carter have a good bond together," he said. "Ever since the first time he came to my school to talk to me I just got a good vibe from him and I knew he was a good dude."
For now, Crawford said he's not planning to visit any other schools in the future.