The Notre Dame recruiting train keeps on steaming along as the Irish head into this month’s Irish Invasion with a Father’s Day commitment from Shaun Crawford, a 4-star cornerback who was once committed to Michigan. Notre Dame has now picked up five commitments in the last 10 days.
It had been speculated for weeks that Shaun Crawford was a heavy lean for Notre Dame after decommitting from Michigan and then canceling a visit to Ohio State a couple of weeks ago. All had been silent on the Crawford front until Sunday when the consensus 4-star recruit took to Twitter.
Making my Dad PROUD on Father’s Day.. I officially committed to the University of Notre Dame The road to success.. pic.twitter.com/PHmkJv5SdC
— Crawf (@1ShaunCrawford) June 15, 2014
Sunday’s news came as no surprise ever since Crawford’s visit to Notre Dame over the spring ended up in him opening up his recruiting again after previously being committed to Michigan. Had Bob Diaco still been the Notre Dame defensive coordinator, Crawford might not have been the lucky number 13 commitment for the class of 2015 though.
Under Bob Diaco, Notre Dame almost exclusively targeted tall, long cornerbacks and rarely extended offers to corners who weren’t at least close to 6’0″. Crawford at 5’9″ didn’t fit the profile Diaco looked for in a corner and as a result, he didn’t have an offer from the Irish when he originally committed to Michigan in August of last year. Shortly after Brian VanGorder helped wrap up the first recruiting class at Notre Dame since he assumed Diaco’s old role, the Irish extended an offer to Crawford.
Once Crawford had an offer from Notre Dame things had been trending very much upwards for their chances. Prior to committing to Notre Dame on Sunday, Crawford had received scholarships offers from Florida State, Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Miami, and Michigan.
With Crawford’s commitment, Notre Dame has now received three straight commitments from the state of Ohio with Crawford following fellow cornerback Nick Coleman and defensive tackle Elijah Taylor.
Notre Dame fans can only hope that a 4th is not too far behind. Justin Hilliard, a 5-star linebacker from St. Xavier HS in Cincinnati, is supposed to make his college decision in July and both Taylor and Crawford are friends with the elite linebacker who would be a huge boost to what is already shaping up to be a great class.
Crawford’s commitment also gives Notre Dame five commits in the last 10 days joining Taylor, Coleman, Brandon Tiassum, and Micah Dew-Traedway. All five of which are on the defensive side of the ball.