Posted at 9:15am — 2/16/2016

GBMWolverine Message Board Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan recently signed commitment Dylan Crawford.

Michigan signee, Dylan Crawford, announced his commitment at the annual Army All-Star Game. There was little angst or suspense as Michigan was viewed to be the leader by most recruiting sites.

Michigan’s 2016 class of receivers will be deep and versatile. Some of the commits, the bigger receviers, will certainly be wideouts. But others could fill a slot position or flank out as needed.

Ahmir Mitchell and Brad Hawkins are bigger receivers compared to Crawford. Hawkins and Mitchell hopefully can do a nice job of blocking the edge and fitting into the well-designed patterns of Coach Fisch and other offensive passing game staff members.

Nate Johnson and Dylan Crawford are high-level athletes and offer versatility. Both are good route runners and have nice cutting ability. As such, both can play multiple spots within an offense. Michigan also has a couple of athletes/rb/combo players that are not out of the realm of ending up in the receiving corps.

Dylan Crawford was one of many 2016 wide receivers who were ranked very similarly in the national rankings. Most of the rankings had Crawford in the 15-25 range (national) at receiver. A good consensus of overall ranking was somewhere between a 100 to 150 individual national ranking, a range that attracts attention in the recruiting process.

Dylan is slightly downgraded by some sites a little for size, since he is neither a big six-foot three-inch bruiser that is currently trendy, or a turn-on-a-dime smurf. Crawford has plenty of desirable traits, including, as mentioned, very good route running, jumping ability, and cutting. His speed is not elite, but may be better than most of the other Michigan receiving signees.

Dylan is from a parochial school in California and has a very solid GPA. He values toughness, so that should get him off to a good start with Coach Harbaugh, assuming he demonstrates said characteristic.

Dylan’s offer sheet was not overwhelming, but clearly could be considered significant. In line with his high scholarship were offers from Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA, USC, and Michigan. Oregon and many other west coast major programs also offered.

Dylan Crawford will almost certainly play a role at Michigan. The question to be answered is will he be a star or just another solid player? Either way, Michigan has a youngster with strong potential.

Dylan Crawford
Height: 6’1
Weight: 175
Birthday: February 10, 1998
Number: 6
Current Position: Wide Receiver
Future Position: Wide Receiver / Slot Receiver
City/State: Rancho Santa Margarita, California
High School: Santa Margarita Catholic
Head Coach: Rick Curtis
Recruiter: Jedd Fisch
Visited: 10/16/2015
Committed: 1/9/2016
Top 5 other Offers: Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, and USC.
Other Visits: Miami-FL (10/23/2015), and Oregon (11/20/2015).
40-Time: 4.61
Shuttle: 4.06
Vertical: 34.2″
Power Throw: 39′
SPARQ: 111.51
All-Star Game: U.S. Army All-American Bowl / The Opening
GPA: 3.8
Class: 2016 Michigan Wolverine Football Recruiting Class (Signed).

Follow Dylan Crawford: on Twitter


d cRaw ‏@kekoa_cRAWford Jan 9
Committed #goblue #fab25


Rankings:

24/7:
ESPN:
Rivals:
Scout:

Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Message Board Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

GBMWolverine Message Board Staff Rankings:



10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.

6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

We have him at 7 1/2 footballs.

Side Note: Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.

Michigan Coach Jedd Fisch on Kekoa (Dylan) Crawford:

Dylan Crawford, known as “Kekoa,” is a 6-2 wide receiver from Santa Margarita High School in California. He was also a two-way player who has the ability to play wide receiver and the ability to play defensive back. Kekoa is also a punt returner and a kick returner with an elite skill set in terms of catching the football. He has an outgoing personality, serious and driven, but also enjoys working. Kekoa is a guy who is going to come to work and be serious about working, but he is going to really enjoy the grind. He has excellent academics; was an outstanding student. He has a great skill set and will be a great addition to our program.

Key Stats:

• Averaged just under 20 yards per catch and 83.2 yards per game during prep career
• Hauled in 51 catches for 822 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior
• Made 44 receptions for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns during junior campaign
• Caught 54 passes for 933 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore at St. Francis

Honors:

• Participated in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Game
• Rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, ranked as the No. 90 overall prospect
• Scout.com four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 4 wide receiver in California
• No. 113 overall player nationally and 20th-best wide receiver prospect according to 247Sports
• ESPN four-star prospect and rated as the No. 179 overall player in the ESPN300
• PrepStar Magazine Top 150 Dream Team, the nation's No. 56 overall player and a four-star prospect

In the Words of the Crawford Family:

Dylan’s middle name is Kekoa, meaning “warrior” in Hawaiian. Kekoa also means bold, courageous and brave. All of these qualities describe Kekoa. He is intense, competitive and focused. He does not back down from a challenge and it motivates him to push harder and be better. He has strong leadership capabilities and understands the responsibility that comes with it, but is also very collaborative and is open to hearing other perspectives. He also has a softer side, and can be empathetic, loyal, generous and funny. He has a quick wit and enjoys a lively exchange.

Kekoa is very close to his Grandma Rose, whom he affectionately calls Gma or G. She has been living with us since he was born, and he is very proud that she will see him attend the University of Michigan. He is looking forward to her attending his first college game in the fall, which is even more special given that U-M is playing the University of Hawaii, as Gma and Mom are from Hawaii.

The attributes that make Kekoa a strong football player also reflects who he is as a person. He is a very hard worker and is team oriented. He will do what is needed for success. While he is very competitive, he is also very supportive of his teammates. He is always there to cheer them on and celebrate their success. After an undefeated regular season during his junior year, Dylan's team had to rely on a sophomore to come in at quarterback in the playoffs after the senior starter went down. In the second round, he threw an interception that cost the team the game and its perfect season. As everyone left the field, the quarterback was beside himself alone on the field. Kekoa walked to his quarterback, bent down to console him and walked him to the locker room with his arm around him for support.

Overview:

Dylan Crawford is a long and wiry wide receiver who could play either slot or split end at Michigan. In our opinion he is a better fit at split end. He caught 95 passes for almost 1900 yards and 20 touchdowns over the last two seasons. Dylan is a strong student with a reported 3.8 GPA.

Strengths:

Dylan Crawford is a silky smooth, fluid athlete, one with little wasted movement. He has very good agility and also shows nice loose hips. Dylan runs good routes and uses his loose hips to change levels. He also moves in and out of cuts with little lost speed. His film shows good toughness and demonstrates a willing blocker. Crawford is fearless over the middle and shows good concentration. More so than many similar receivers, Dylan is sure-handed.

Concerns/Needs Work:

Like about any incoming high school receiver around 180 pounds, Dylan will need to get bigger and stronger. He also needs to be more consistent beating jams. Film shows good quickness, but he is definitely not a burner. Dylan also needs to improve his explosiveness.

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine Message Board Staff believes he will likely play his first year if he improves his strength he has a chance to play early.

Dylan Crawford reminds the GBMWolverine Message Board Staff of -- Former Michigan Football Player -- James Rogers — who played wide receiver / defensive back.

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2016 Michigan Wolverine Football Recruiting Class:

Michigan has twenty-eight signed commits at this time with Brandon Peters — Enrolled — (QB), Kingston Davis — Enrolled — (FB/HB), Michael Onwenu (OL), Chris Evans (Slot),Sean McKeon — Enrolled — (TE), Josh Metellus (S), Ben Bredeson (OL), Devin Gil (S/LB), Ron Johnson Jr. (DE), Brad Hawkins (WR), Ahmir Mitchell — Enrolled — (WR), Carlo Kemp — Enrolled — (DE/LB), Nate Johnson (WR), Devin Bush Jr. — Enrolled — (LB), Kareem Walker — Enrolled — (RB), Dylan Crawford (WR), Stephen Spanellis (OL), David Long (CB), Joshua Uche (DE), Elysee Mbem-Bosse (LB). Michael Dwumfour (DL), Eddie McDoom (Slot), Khaleke Hudson (LB/FB), Nick Eubanks (TE), LaVert Hill (CB), Quinn Nordin (K/P), Rashan Gary (DL), and Devin Asiasi (TE).

At this time Dytarious Johnson (LB) is still committed to Michigan, but has to complete some school work before his letter of intent will be accepted.

Final Thoughts:

We welcome Dylan Crawford to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Written by GBMWolverine Message Board Staff — CoachBT, Doc4Blu, and ErocWolverine

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