SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Georgia’s hiring of former Miami offensive coordinator James Coley may bode well in the program’s pursuit of one of the top uncommitted receivers in the country.
That would be four-star Dylan Crawford, a U.S. Army All-American from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., who is now strongly considering taking an official visit to Athens in the coming weeks, a credit to his prior relationship with Coley during his tenure with the Hurricanes.
“That actually happened this week,” Crawford said of Georgia’s interest. “Coley was my main recruiter at Miami. So, once he went to Georgia he hit me up saying, “Georgia needs some receivers.” He was telling me about the SEC atmosphere and all I could do there.”
Crawford says his perception of the Bulldogs has changed since Coley was hired as the program’s receivers coach just days ago. He’s also familiar with Kirby Smart and recognizes the early recruiting success Georgia has sustained since his arrival.
“Him and (Kirby) Smart are going to get them right up there,” Crawford said. “They’re going to be on the rise. And Jacob Eason is going there, so, they’re solid at quarterback. They have a lot of players coming in.”
However, Crawford’s recent interest in the Bulldogs and vice versa comes at an inopportune time: He is slated to announce his decision on Saturday during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. But he may table his decision.
“I’ve just been talking to my parents a lot and I’m probably going to talk to all the coaches one more time before I do anything,” Crawford said. “But if it comes down to it and I’m not ready to make a decision, I’m not going to make a decision.”
Crawford, who has taken official visits to Michigan (Oct. 16) and Oregon (Nov. 20), is considering a bevy of other programs, including Stanford, UCLA and Washington. However, he intends on using two of his three remaining official visits to check out both Miami and Georgia.
He points to a possible visit to Athens as a key determinant in whether or not he’ll consider the Bulldogs moving forward.
“The official visit is going to be big, it’s going to be huge,” Crawford said. “I’ve never experienced an SEC environment. I just want to go out there and see what it’s like.”
Crawford is rated as the No. 18 player in California and No. 20 wide receiver in the nation, per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.