Kansas Defender Caden Crawford Discusses Hawkeye Offer

September 18, 2020

Written by Rob Howe

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Caden Crawford only began hearing from Iowa Football in the last week or so. The Hawkeyes then moved forward with a scholarship offer for the Lansing (KS) High junior on Wednesday. He welcomed the development.

“It meant a lot coming from one of the best Big Ten schools of all time and a great program. I’ve just been hearing from them recently. It blew up really fast,” Crawford told HN.

Kansas State, Nebraska and Oklahoma State already had offered the versatile defender a scholarship. Iowa told him they see him as a defensive end.

Assistant Kelton Copeland recruits Kansas for Iowa. Kelvin Bell coaches the team’s defensive line.

“I’ve talked with coach Copeland a little bit and like him. I talked with coach Bell and like him a ton,” Crawford said.

He’s anxious to find out more about the Hawkeyes.

“I like the fan base from what I have seen so far. I just need to visit Iowa City to learn more.
I want to learn about their academic and weight programs. I want to see all the facilities and meet all the coaches,” Crawford said.

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Rivals and 247 both see Crawford (6-4, 235) as a three-star recruit. The former rates him as the No. 5 player overall in Kansas for the 2022 Class. The latter has him at No. 3 in the state and as the 30th best strong-side defensive end nationally in the cycle.

The versatile Crawford, who plays quarterback, recorded 62 tackles (29 solo), 12 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles as a sophomore.

“I would say I’m a very fundamentally sound football player, a hard hitter and someone committed to film study,” he said.

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Crawford just began his junior year of high school and has plenty of time to work through the recruiting process. He’s not in a rush.

“I’m approaching it one day at a time and just enjoying it. I’d like to commit before next fall, maybe early summer,” he said.

It gives Iowa a chance to build a relationship with Crawford.

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“Thus far I would say I have the best relationships with Nebraska and Kansas State as Iowa is still new and recent,” he said.

Here’s a look at Crawford’s sophomore highlights:

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