Local OL knows Maryland will get an official visit

2025 Good Counsel (MD) interior offensive lineman Gavin Crawford has been a priority target for Maryland in the 2025 cycle dating back to last summer when the 6-foot-3 guard made his way to campus for multiple unofficial visits before returning for a pair of games through the 2023 season. Maryland isn’t the only school to do so with West Virginia, Tennessee, Michigan State, Georgia, USF, Duke and Syracuse among the schools in the mix early.

With the 2024 cycle now complete and college coaches shifting their attention to the 2025 class through January, head coach Mike Locksley trekked through the Olney (MD) powerhouse during the final week of the contact period with the Terps still in Crawford’s top group despite the growing field.

“It gets a little bit overwhelming but I still enjoy it,” Crawford said about where his recruitment stands. “I didn’t go too many places but a lot of coaches came to see me so that was great.”

One of those stops was College Park back on Feb. 4 as he, Faheem Delane and Eidan Buchanan reconnected with the staff where Locksley reemphasized the need for local talent to stay home.

“I talked to all of them a lot, I talked to coach [James Thomas], I got a chance to sit down with coach [Mike] Locksley too. It’s about staying home and building a brand of your own. It’s just keeping guys home. All the big time guys who are in Maryland to stay in Maryland and realizing how close Maryland is to being great,” Crawford said.

Crawford made the trip to West Virginia earlier in the month where Morgantown has become a familiar spot for both he and Buchanan in recent months.

“It was good. Been up there a lot of times but it was good spending time with them. I was able to talk to them a little bit more than the games I’ve been to.”

With the Falcons’ offseason workouts now in full swing, Crawford is focused on “just working out, trying to get better again” with a goal to trim down to 315 to “be able to move a little bit better.” After that, Crawford will look to take additional visits and he knows he’ll be back at Maryland for an extended visit.

“I will be taking an official to Maryland in June. I definitely want to get to Florida, maybe Tennessee. Go to Maryland, West Virginia again for a practice but other than that that’s probably it.”

Gavin Crawford is rated a three-star prospect and an 87 overall by On3, sitting as the 17th-best prospect in Maryland and the nation’s 42nd-best interior offensive lineman.

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