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CB Crawford is Notre Dame commit No. 13

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Ohio prospect chose the Fighting Irish over Ohio State

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Notre Dame continued its recent string of success on the recruiting trail on Sunday, landing four-star cornerback Shaun Crawford out of Lakewood, Ohio.

Crawford is the sixth prep senior-to-be to pledge to the Fighting Irish since May 30.

“Making my DAD proud on Father's Day … I officially committed to the University of Notre Dame,” Crawford posted on Twitter on Sunday.

One of the fastest players at his position in the country, Crawford displays an exceptional command of his reasonably smaller 5-foot-9, 170-pound frame to maximize his skill set. Despite his lack of size, on film he shows a willingness to attack ball carriers and is a hard hitter who shows good tackling technique.

Crawford's open-field speed is well utilized at St. Edward High School, where he also plays wide receiver and is a punt returner.

However, Crawford will need to put on additional size and strength to compete at the high-Division I level in the secondary. But he has plenty of time to do it before arriving in South Bend.

Crawford is rated the No. 13 cornerback in the country by Rivals.com, a national Internet recruiting service. He also ranks No. 111 in the most recent Rivals250.

Crawford is the ninth-best cornerback in the country according to Scout.com and the No. 68 prospect overall.

Crawford was originally a Michigan commitment but re-opened his recruitment in late May. He had heavy interest from Ohio State and Miami, but chose the Fighting Irish over the in-state Buckeyes, among others.

Crawford is the fourth commitment in the secondary for Notre Dame and the second that projects at cornerback at the next level, joining three-star Nick Coleman of Archbishop Alter High School in Ohio. The Fighting Irish will likely take one more cornerback in this cycle, with Pennsylvania's John Reid the top target. The four-star prospect is said to have Penn State and Notre Dame in his top two at this point in his recruitment.

Notre Dame now has 13 verbal commitments in the Class of 2015 which is currently rated No. 8 in the country by Rivals.com.