Dashawn Crawford dreamed of playing college football close to home, but most coaches in Mississippi considered him too small for their team. Virginia Tech saw something more and took advantage.
It was a winning pick for the Hokies.
Crawford is racking up weekly honors and has been named ACC defensive lineman of the week for two weeks in a row.
Not only was this a great marriage for Virginia Tech, but Crawford is exactly where he wants to be.
"It's the best feeling in the world, man. Coming from a small town, nobody thought I would be in Virginia," noted Crawford about his recruitment.
Crawford has been a winner everywhere he's played.
He played for a state championship in pewee, high school, and at Jones College. He helped Bay Springs to its first boy’s championship in basketball and seems to be continuing the trend with the Hokies. After a slow start with losses to Boston College and Duke, the Hokies have found their stride. They lost a nail-biter to Notre Dame, but have won five of their last six games.
Crawford has been an active member of an improving defense coached by one of the best defensive coordinators in college football, Bud Foster, who's been a coach for Virginia Tech since 1987.
When asked about how good of a coach Foster is, "He's like a daddy to everybody. Better (than what people say)," answered Crawford.
He has tallied 21 tackles [3.5 for a loss], 2.5 sacks, a fumble recovery, an interception, and a forced fumble this season.
Crawford and the Hokies still have huge opportunities left in 2019. If they win their final two regular-season games against Pittsburgh and Virginia, they will play for the ACC Championship against defending national champions, the Clemson Tigers. That is a huge state for a small-town kid from Bay Springs.
Dashawn Crawford is exactly where he wants to be.
The future is bright as Virginia Tech is likely losing only one starter on defense in 2020. Head coach Justin Fuente might have the Hokies back to a championship program built by Frank Beamer and Foster sooner rather than later.