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Plant DB/WR Antonio Crawford switches his commitment to Miami

Published Jan. 31, 2012

Plant DB/WR Antonio Crawford, the only Panther currently set to attend a BCS school, has switched his switched his commitment to Miami, Panthers coach Robert Weiner said. Crawford previously committed to Georgia Tech last summer but received an offer from Hurricanes coach Al Golden last week and visited Miami this weekend.

"He said a lot of the same things that he did after he came back from Georgia Tech," Weiner said "But he had a gut feeling."

Crawford, who was recruited by the Yellow Jackets to play DB, finished the season with 61 total tackles, 26 passes defended, four interceptions and one caused fumble as Plant (14-1) won the Class 8A state title. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior also caught 11 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 599 yards and five touchdowns on 63 carries.

Weiner has said in the past that he encourages his players not to commit to a school unless they were certain that's where they wanted to go, regardless of whoever else offers. Ultimately, though, players have to make the best decision for their future.

"It's three to five years of you're life, so you have to do what you think is best for you," Weiner said.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported earlier this week that Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said Crawford's scholarship was in danger if he visited Miami, but Crawford was assured on Sunday by an assistant that the offer still stood. He was among the Yellow Jackets' top-rated recruits but will now instead join Hillsborough DL Earl Moore and Jefferson DL Tyriq McCord at Miami.