Central Michigan gets its first recruit to commit to the 2019 signing class from an out-of-state running back. On Tuesday, Joshua Crawford of Montclair, N.J. (Montclair) tweeted out his commitment to the Chippewas.
— ‘Crawford4⃣㊙🏁 (@Rico_Elite) April 3, 2018
Crawford is listed at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds and isn’t a high-profile recruit out of his north Jersey base as CMU was his first and only school to offer him. On film, Crawford looks a lot like the typical style of running backs CMU has looked for in a recruit: slim, smooth stride, looks like he’s at his best when he pounces outside. None of that would matter if he didn’t have any speed, which he certainly has.
In the 2018 signing class, CMU’s lone running back signed was Jonathan Clark of Hackensack, N.J. (Hackensack). The only other New Jersey native that’ll be on the CMU roster this year is quarterback George Pearson, who was part of this year’s signing class.
CMU also has an offer extended out to Crawford’s high school teammate Charles Murphy Jr. Murphy, who plays quarterback but will be recruited as a wide receiver, holds offers from Rutgers, Buffalo, Kent State and Army. (Another teammate, Willie Matthews, holds offers from Rutgers, Buffalo and Western Michigan).