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He has a famous name and a lot of game. The Huskers signed wide receiver Decoldest Crawford out of Louisiana during the December signing period. As he told the Sports Nightly radio show he has grown to love the attention that comes with his name. Even if he wants his game to do the talking.
Crawford burst onto the scene for Husker fans when wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph was hired by the program. That relationship with Joseph carried the day for Crawford. He had a strong feeling that he wanted to follow the coach who he committed to at LSU two years ago.
“With football, it’s relationships,” Crawford said. “I didn’t want to go to a school where I didn’t have any relationship with the coaches. I wanted to go to a school where me and the coaches had known each other for three or four years, and we can make big things happen.”
Crawford found that with Joseph. A lot of prospects that you speak with about Joseph rave about his ability to connect with them. What made Crawford connect with Joseph during the recruiting process?
“He’s a hands-on coach,” Crawford said. “No matter what the circumstances are, he’s going to tell you the truth and stuff like that. And he’s going to throw you out there at an early age, and let you make plays. Just knowing that he trained those guys (Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson) three to four years. I feel like he could come and train me and the other people in the receiving corps and make me just like them.”
Crawford has closely followed Husker happenings since committing to the program. He’s been active on social media embracing all Husker sports, too. He shared his excitement about transfer quarterback Casey Thompson. Crawford called the signal caller “an elite quarterback.” He feels like Thompson can make some big things happen at Nebraska. Crawford is eager to join his Husker family and dive into everything campus life has to offer.
“It’s family, now. Once I decommitted, I already knew where I was going. I just didn’t want it to be known to the public,” Crawford said. “But I actually knew where I was going. There’s a lot of support around here, so I’ll support every group around here and do community service around here and whatever I got to do.”
As Nebraska fans get to know his game Crawford said he prides himself on making “tight space catches.” His route-running and ability to create space allow him to be versatile. That will help him play multiple spots in college. Just like any freshman coming in he knows it is time to dive into the playbook.
“I learn the playbook, I feel like I can come in and play,” Crawford said. “If you don’t learn the playbook, you’re going to get left behind. And I feel as if I need to take control, look over defenses, learn the right spots to fit in and just learn more about defense.”
Crawford is preparing to hit the ground running once he arrives in Lincoln this summer.
>> The Huskers made offers in Louisiana on Wednesday for the class of 2023 and 2024. Crawford was excited to see it.
— Decoldest Crawford (@Yrncold) January 19, 2022
>> One of those offers went to intriguing EDGE player Jonathan Bax (6-3, 230) from Edna Karr. The Huskers are the first Power Five school to offer him.
— Jonathan Bax 4️⃣4️⃣ (@JonathanBax) January 19, 2022
>> Iowa 2023 quarterback JJ Kohl was offered by the Minnesota on Wednesday. Kohl will be in Lincoln Jan. 29 for junior day.
I am very fortunate to announce that I have received an offer from the University of Minnesota! @KirkCiarrocca @Coach_Fleck @coachricknelson @CoachNickNelson @AdamBooth1085 @CoachBradyWalz @360AthleteIA @AllenTrieu @SWiltfong247 pic.twitter.com/0obLvAPYET
— JJ Kohl (@JJKohl3) January 19, 2022
>> Bellevue West 2024 wide receiver Dae’vonn Hall was offered by Kansas.
— Dae’vonn Hall (@DaevonnHall) January 19, 2022
>> Miami defensive line transfer Nesta Jade Silvera committed to Arizona State.
— Nesta Jade Silvera (@NJS_ERA) January 19, 2022
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>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer your questions in the mailbag including which transfers we are excited about.
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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.