May 28, 2010

Crawford set to qualify at Mississippi State

Paul Crawford told Mississippi State when he committed on the eve of signing day that he was going to qualify.

The 6-foot-8, 245-pound defensive end from Lewisville, Texas was telling the truth and will graduate next month with his academic affairs in order. But the only problem in the equation is that the Bulldogs oversigned and are now short on scholarships.

"I already qualified but the only problem is Mississippi State oversigned," Crawford said. "They told me that some other dude may not qualify and if he doesn't then I may be able to come in at his spot. They signed me with the intentions of me not qualifying even though I told them 20,30 or 40 times that I'm qualifying. When I qualified they seemed shocked. They told me that they had oversigned and I might have to go to a junior college. I felt so bad. That messed me up."

If there is no room for Crawford on the roster he will be placed at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for the 2010 season. But that is not the route that Crawford wants to take if it's avoidable.

"You have a chance to play on the big stage so you don't want to waste your years in junior college," Crawford said.

If the scholarship situation at MSU shakes out then Crawford would enroll at the Starkville campus for the July summer term following his June 12th graduation.

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