Green Oaks’ Star Wide Receiver DeColdest Crawford’s Name And Game Stands Out From The Competition
by Jace LeJeune
When your name is DeColdest and your nickname is “TaEvaDoIt”, then you have to live up to it. Luckily, DeColdest Crawford does live up to it as one of the top in-state football recruits for the Class of 2022. However, football didn’t start out that way for the gridiron star.
“I used to play baseball and my brother convinced me to play football,” Crawford said. “Around the summer time of my sophomore year, I got an offer from Southern, and then, I grew to love the game of football.”
At 6-1, 178 pounds with 4.5/40 speed, Crawford has received 14 other offers from Washington State, USC, Southern Miss, Penn State, Ole Miss, Missouri, Michigan State, Memphis, Louisville, Kansas, Illinois State, Arkansas, and Arizona State, but it was his experiences with LSU that exceeded his experiences with the other schools. In fact, the four star receiver committed to the Tigers early in the process back in his sophomore season.
“One reason is that the program is in Louisiana and I love playing in my home state,” Crawford said. “Secondly, I talked to my mom about it and she loved the idea from the start, and then, I knew it was a great opportunity knowing that it is the top school in Louisiana that everybody wants to go.”
Not only is LSU the flagship program in the Boot state, it has also been one of the top college football programs in sending wide receivers to the NFL including one receiver that the Green Oaks High School receiver has enjoyed watching.
“I like watching Michael Thomas (Ohio State/New Orleans Saints) and Justin Jefferson (Destrehan High School/LSU/Minnesota Vikings) a lot,” Crawford said. “Michael Thomas just knows how to get open and Justin Jefferson does a lot of stuff in the slot that I would like to do later on.”
Crawford has also gotten the chance to talk to some former LSU receivers to on their experiences in Baton Rouge.
“Yeah, I’ve talked to Terrace Marshall Jr. (Parkway High School/LSU) a lot,” Crawford said. “He welcomed me on my visit with open arms and told me how it was going to go in the film room or on the practice field.”
Crawford will also not become the first big time talent to take his talents to Baton Rouge from Green Oaks High School as Tre’Davious White (Buffalo Bills) also started his football journey as a member of the Giants squad. Now, the future LSU recruit is getting some pointers from a current NFL All-Pro defensive back on how to go through this football journey.
“I haven’t talked to Tre’Davious in person, but I have talked to him through Instagram,” Crawford said. “He has encouraged me to keep up the good work.”
Right now, Crawford is continuing to put in the hard work. Despite being an LSU commit and having a great high school career with 119 catches for 2,013 yards and 17 touchdowns over three seasons, Crawford wants to be known more than just a great receiver.
“I need to be more of an athlete in all three phases of the game including on kick return and punt return,” Crawford said.
Not only for Green Oaks, but also at LSU, Crawford feels like his current coaches and future coaches are going to put him at the best position to succeed.
“I love the passing game of LSU,” Crawford said. “I talk to Coach O and Coach Joseph daily,” Crawford said. “We break down what plays to run in different defenses and other stuff like that.”
With a name and a talent like DeColdest Crawford, it is not only those qualities that make him stand out, but he wants to make sure to set the record straight that he is coming in next season to work.
“I am going to come in, work hard, try my best on the field, and do good in the classroom” Crawford said. “I am going to try and be the best version of me.”
That best version of DeColdest Crawford could potentially become one of the hottest receivers in the country when all said and done.
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Jace is from Addis, LA but resides in Port Allen, LA. Jace has graduated recently from Southeastern Louisiana University with a major in Communications. Jace has also broadcasted games as a play by play announcer for Southeastern’s football and basketball games on ESPN Plus. Also, Jace has anchored and reported on Southeastern’s award winning show “The Big Game.” This is Jace’s fifth year as Associate Editor at Louisiana Football Magazine. He is also a graduate from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge where he was the editor of the school newspaper the “Bearly Published.” While at CHS, Jace also announced their football, basketball, and baseball games for the Bruin Broadcast Network which is the Catholic High’s streaming website for their events. On weekends, Jace is the PA announcer for his middle school football games. At home, Jace enjoys time with his family and friends. Besides being a huge football fan, Jace is also an avid NHRA drag racing fan.