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4-star ATH Kitan Crawford commits to Texas

The Longhorns have landed their first defensive pledge in the form of Tyler John Tyler star Kitan Crawford.

Twitter: @KitanCrawford

Tyler John Tyler athlete Kitan Crawford arrived in Austin this weekend for his official visit and he will be returning home as a member of Tom Herman’s 2020 class, as the four-star talent has committed to the Texas Longhorns, according to John Tyler’s football Twitter account.

Crawford’s pledge comes just weeks after he re-released his top three schools, as Tennessee and Oklahoma were also finalists. The Longhorns were, of course, among Crawford’s initial top three list in early April, which then featured Baylor instead of Oklahoma.

Though Tennessee, and more specifically, Oklahoma did emerge as factors, the Longhorns were long considered the team to beat. Just days after adding his Texas offer on Feb. 13, Crawford unofficially visited Austin for Junior Day, and returned the following month on March 15. He did officially visit Tennessee on April 12 and unofficially visited Oklahoma at the front end of June, but he toured the Forty Acres more frequently than any of his other finalists.

As a junior, Crawford excelled all over the field for John Tyler, which explains why he’s listed as an ‘athlete.’ Courtesy of blazing speed — Crawford recorded a 10.60-second 100-meter dash time — he totaled 269 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries and hauled in three receptions for 78 yards and another score as a junior. On the other side of the ball at cornerback, Crawford amassed 30 total tackles, 12 pass deflections, and two interceptions.

He’s currently ranked as the nation’s No. 191 player overall and as the No. 8 athlete, per the 247Sports Composite, but the Longhorns recruited Crawford as a cornerback.

The 5’11, 200-pound Crawford now becomes the seventh member of Texas’ 2020 class, and thus far, the entire bunch hails from the Lone Star State. With Crawford committed, the Longhorns’ 2020 class ranked No. 31 nationally and No. 4 in the Big 12.

  • Ja’Quinden Jackson — 4-star ATH — Duncanville
  • Hudson Card — 4-star QB — Austin Lake Travis
  • Jaylen Garth — 4-star OT — Port Neches-Groves
  • Jake Majors — 4-star C — Prosper
  • Kitan Crawford — 4-star ATH — Tyler John Tyler
  • Logan Parr — 4-star OG — Helotes O’Connor
  • Jaden Hullaby — 3-star ATH — Dallas Bishop Dunne