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2024 3-Star OL Anthony Crawford ‘Waiting Patiently’ For Pitt Offer After Junior Day Visit



Anthony Crawford hasn’t received an offer from Pitt, but during his most recent visit to Pittsburgh, the coaching staff made him feel like he was already part of the family.

Crawford, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound three-star offensive lineman from Union City High in Union City, New Jersey, made a trip to Pittsburgh for the Junior Day festivities, and he was able to spend more time with the coaching staff than ever before.

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“We went to the basketball game, we had a meeting with (offensive line coach Dave Borbely) and I like how he coaches,” Crawford told PSN. “He worries about the little stuff, and he makes sure his linemen get the basics down before moving on to the hard things. So, I like the way he coaches.”

But while Crawford was able to spend some time with Borbely, he spent most of his time with tight ends coach Tim Salem.

In speaking with Salem, he was treated with nothing but respect — like he was already committed to the Pitt family. It’s a feeling that certainly wasn’t lost upon Crawford.

Salem said that he likes what he’s seen from Crawford’s tape, but he certainly has room to continue to grow going forward. It’s another message that he took to heart, strengthening his resolve going forward.

Massachusetts and Ole Miss have already offered Crawford, and while Pitt hasn’t extended an offer yet, he’s hopeful for the future of the relationship.

“I’m waiting patiently,” Crawford said. “If (Pitt) offered me, that would be one of the top schools on my list definitely, I would really be looking forward to that school. I really like it there.”

But while Crawford has seen how he’d fit in the football aspect, as a big, mauling offensive tackle who helped Union City to a 9-2 record in 2022, he may be even more impressed by the way the coaching staff treats its players as people.

“They care about you off the field more than being a football player,” Crawford said. “They care about how your grades are, what you do besides football, if you go to church and stuff like that. They care about you getting your degree.

“Even if you don’t finish all four years of college, and you go to the league, he still wants you to get your degree, he’s still going to be on top of you for your degree even though you don’t play for him anymore.”

Crawford learned a lot during his visit to Pittsburgh Saturday, but after his time with the coaching staff, he feels like he’ll be able to learn even more.

He’s planning on learning more about Pitt, Syracuse and Rutgers, with visits planned for Syracuse and Pitt in the spring.

247Sports hasn’t rated Crawford yet, but On3 rates him as the 775th-ranked recruit in the class (51st-ranked offensive tackle and 23rd-ranked recruit from New Jersey) and Rivals rates him as the 25th-ranked recruit from New Jersey.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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