Brady Hoke continued his tour de force on the recruiting trail Friday, landing a commitment from 4-star athlete Shaun Crawford of Ohio.
ESPN's Tom VanHaaren tweeted the news, which was announced by Crawford via live stream on ESPN.com:
2015 DB Shaun Crawford has committed to Michigan, No. 49 overall: http://t.co/orkLHNc6vw— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) August 23, 2013
Though ESPN pegs him as an athlete in the story, Crawford is listed at cornerback—his most likely college position—by 247Sports. Per its composite, he ranks No. 9 among Class of 2015 corners and No. 89 overall.
He's just 5'9'', but Crawford has elite foot speed and quickness. He is able to mirror receivers with agility and has the athleticism to (help) compensate for his size. Though he will always struggle with bigger targets, he could evolve into an elite slot corner at the college level—and perhaps even the next one after that.
He is also capable of playing wide receiver, his other projected position, where his size and quickness would again translate nicely to the slot.
Crawford joins 5-star wide receiver George Campbell and 4-star running back Damien Harris atop the Wolverines' 2015 class, which now places sixth on 247Sports' rankings. Their only other major commitment is from 3-star tackle Jon Runyan Jr., son of longtime Philadelphia Eagle Jon Runyan.
Which Class of 2015 Signee Has the Biggest Future at Michigan?
Only Texas and four SEC schools place ahead of Michigan on the 2015 rankings. No other Big Ten school checks in until Michigan State at No. 11. Arch-rival Ohio State hasn't landed anybody in the Class of 2015 but, of course, it's still very early.
Crawford adds to what could be a potent Michigan secondary in the future. The top-ranked signee in the Class of 2014, No. 3 Jabrill Peppers, is headed to Michigan and projected to play corner as well. Peppers, though, is 6'1'' and projected to play on the outside.
If Crawford develops into a blue-chip slot corner/receiver, Peppers would not be a roadblock to playing time.