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Former Hog O-line pledge Ty’Kieast Crawford plans to transfer to Arkansas
Former Arkansas offensive line commitment Ty’Kieast Crawford announced plans Tuesday to transfer to play for the Razorbacks after recently entering the NCAA transfer portal.
Crawford, 6-5, 335 pounds of Carthage, Texas, eventually signed with Charlotte in April and played in six games while starting three for the 49ers.
He visited Arkansas at least five times during the recruiting process.
"It's always been home because I fell in love with it. So did my mom, my sister and everyone else that visited, and I feel like that’s where I belong in the first place,” Crawford said.
He added that he chose the Razorbacks over Kansas, Florida State, Louisville and Notre Dame. Being closer to home helped his decision.
“My mom can come to the games, too,” he said. “She knows her way around there.”
The former ESPN 4-star prospect committed to former Razorbacks coach Chad Morris on April 14, 2019, over offers from Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Florida State, Southern Cal, Colorado, Texas A&M and other programs. He re-opened his recruiting in the fall of 2019.
He believes Arkansas coach Sam Pittman and offensive line coach Brad Davis can make him better.
“I know Coach Pittman because Coach Pittman offered me when he was at Georgia,” Crawford said. "I know Coach Davis because he offered me when he was at Missouri. Those are two great O-line coaches and I believe they can help me develop and make it to the next level.”
Crawford is the second transfer to announce intentions to enroll at Arkansas in January. He said he plans to be in Fayetteville on Jan. 10.
Marian (Ind.) University safety Darrell Wilson has announced he will play his final year of college football for the Razorbacks in 2021 as a preferred walk-on.
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