The Huskers got some fireworks on the last day of the early signing period.
Decoldest Crawford, the 3-star wide receiver from Louisiana, announced that he is signing with Nebraska. He announced the decision at a ceremony at his school that was streamed live on Instagram.
Crawford (6-1, 180) is the first target that wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph is responsible for getting to Nebraska. Joseph was Crawford’s lead recruiter when the wideout was committed to LSU. Crawford originally committed to LSU on Oct. 28, 2019. He ended up leaving the Tigers’ class on Dec. 7. The coaching staff shake-up in Baton Rogue caused Crawford to look around. Now he will follow Joseph to Lincoln. Joseph spoke on signing day about his recruiting pitch for Nebraska. It’s already been effective.
“Well, I tell ‘em everybody’s going to have facilities, everybody’s going to have big stadiums, locker rooms,” Joseph said on Wednesday. “I sell the people in the building, and I sell the people in the state of Nebraska because it’s really good people here, you know what I mean? Because some of these kids come from environments where it’s not a lot of good people there. You know, some of them come from inner cities where you have to lock your door. I’m thinking you still probably don’t have to lock your door here, you can leave your keys in the car. That’s what I remember. It’s a safe place, and I think you sell that to kids.
“But you’re also selling, ‘Come be a part of something special, the attention that you’re going to get when you’re here,’ because in this state it’s one team. You don’t have LSU, Tulane, you’ve got the Saints, you got Nebraska. And that’s the attention you’re going to get.
“We all know, these kids these days, need attention. They want attention. They can get all the attention they want.”
It was a tough season for Crawford in 2021. His team had a bad year and he wasn’t able to finish the year because of a broken finger. His junior season was much better as his team made the playoffs in 2020. He posted 50 catches for 813 yards and six scores during his junior season.
Crawford is a big victory on the recruiting trail for the Huskers. Him inking with the Huskers will get the program credibility in Louisiana. It comes at the perfect time with Nebraska building relationships in the state.
Crawford is a more of a physical wide receiver on the outside. He should pair nicely with the other young receivers on the roster. He’s the second wideout in the recruiting class joining Florida’s Victor Page. Crawford had 16 scholarship offers including Texas, Florida and Ole Miss.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.