Former Bentonville RB Preston Crawford Heading to Arkansas as PWO

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FAYETTEVILLE — Former Bentonville running back Preston Crawford is heading to Arkansas as a preferred walk-on.

Crawford, 6-0, 200, will enroll at Arkansas at midterm. He helped Bentonville to an 11-1 record in 2019. He graduated from Bentonville in 2020 and spent the past semester at Northwest Arkansas Community College.

Crawford talked to on why he chose the Razorbacks.

“The reason I chose Arkansas was because I’ve been a Hog fan ever since I was like 5 or 6 years old,” Crawford said. “I’ve always wanted to go to Arkansas, I just felt like it’s home for me.”

Now that you are set to be a Razorback, what does it mean to you?

“It means a lot, when I got the phone call I was emotional because I worked very hard for this opportunity and I’m very thankful for it,” Crawford said.

As a senior, Crawford rushed for 1,100 yards. He talked about his strengths at running back.

“As a running back I feel like I have great vision, patience, I can pass block, I can catch out of the backfield,” Crawford said. “Obviously there’s some stuff I need to polish up but I feel like I’m a solid good all around back.”

Arkansas runs an up-tempo offense under Kendal Briles. Crawford will be coached by Jimmy Smith in Briles’ offense and is excited about the opportunity.

“I feel like I could fit in well with the Arkansas offense, they have all the pieces they need to be a great offense, I love everything about it, the fast pace, the RPOs, and just paying attention to every little detail,” Crawford said.

He joins Omaha (Neb.) Creighton Prep punter Patrick Foley, 6-2, 195, and Miami (Fla.) Columbus long snapper Francisco Castro, 6-1, 220, as preferred walk-on commitments for the Class of 2021.

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