Ashburn, VA (February 1, 2015) – Stone Bridge High School senior, Aaron Crawford, has committed to play football at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (UNC) starting in the 2015-2016 academic school year.
“I selected UNC because it was a school that offered a top business program, played quality football, and provided an opportunity to compete for playing time when I got there,” said Crawford. UNC-Chapel Hill was chartered in 1789 and established in 1795 as the nation’s first public university, and ranks among the world’s leading research universities. The University has a student base over 29,000 in undergraduate and graduate programs taught by faculty of 3,600.It has an alumni base exceeding 282,000 located in all 50 states and in more than 140 countries. UNC is located in a beautiful college town in Chapel Hill, NC, which is home to North Carolina’s Research Triangle.
Crawford’s commitment to become a Tarheel felt great. “I really felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. The recruiting process is stressful, whether you have 1-100 schools looking at you, it’s not an easy decision,” said Crawford. Crawford’s recruiting experience was ultimately good for him. He met quality coaches, players and people everywhere he went. Crawford can’t wait to play for Head Coach Larry Fedora and Defensive Line Coach, Keith Gilmore later this year. In 121 seasons, the Tar Heels have compiled a record of 646–488–54, a winning percentage of .566. UNC has played in 31 bowl games in its history and won three Southern Conference championships and five Atlantic Coast Conference titles. In the 2014 season, the Tarheels went 6-6 and played in the 2014 Quick Lane Bowl against Rutgers and lost 40-21. However, Coach Fedora will have the Tarheels ready for their season opener on September 3il against the University of South Carolina. Crawford expects to compete in his first year at UNC. “I want to see the field and I’ll do everything possible to earn that spot,” said Crawford. From an academic perspective, Crawford says “the field of study that most interests me is Business Marketing, because it can be used in multiple business areas whether it is marketing myself as an athlete or being an entrepreneur in the future.
Crawford has been playing on the gridiron for 12 years, and his fondest memory in high school was two-fold: First, when he made his first varsity tackle against the Fairfax Rebels his freshman year after he only played six snaps all year, and secondly in his senior year against the Langley Saxons when Stone Bridge running back, Collin Buckley, fumbled and Crawford picked it up and ran it in for a touchdown.
“I am thankful for so many supporters, so I’m not sure I can name them all. To start, I thank my parents and little brother, Noah, for being there for me. Mark and Joey Hair and Michelle Walker, Mark and Tammy Blose and many others who got me where I needed to be; my close friends (shoutout to the squad); my teammates, and all my coaches: Tony Robinson and his staff that had coached me in Central Loudoun Youth Football League (CLYFL); Jim Scott and his staff that coached me in the Ashburn Youth Football League (AYFL); Rusty Markland and his staff who coached in Grassroots Youth Football League (GYFL), and of course Coach Thompson and the entire Stone Bridge Football Staff; and my trainers Eddie Mason of MASE Training and Dave Mikel of Performance Edge and their staffs. Thank you to all of you! I wouldn’t be going anywhere without your help,” said Crawford.
In giving advice to others in pursuing their dream, Crawford says “Outwork everyone around you! Wake up at 5AM for those morning workouts, because if it was easy everyone would do it. Grades are important whether you’re playing a sport or not. I’ve seen too many friends and teammates not able to pursue their dreams because of their grades. Lastly, if you’re blessed enough to move on to the next level and go to a school where you are truly wanted – where you would be comfortable even if you never played another down.”
Please join me in congratulating Aaron on his commitment to the University of North Carolina. Go Tarheels!
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Written by Steven Holland