Santa Margarita's Crawford must sit out first 5 games


Santa Margarita's football team will be missing an important part of its offense for the first five games of the 2015 season.

The CIF Southern Section ruled this month that standout receiver Dylan Crawford, a transfer from St. Francis High of La Canada, won't be eligibile to play for Santa Margarita's football team until Oct. 5 - the week of the Eagles' Trinity League opener against St. John Bosco.

The CIF-SS made the ruling after reviewing the paper work for Crawford's transfer.

The 6-1, 175-pound junior is considered one of the nation's top receiver recruits for the class of 2016. He has scholarship offers from UCLA and USC as well as Alabama, Michigan and Notre Dame.

He had 44 receptions for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.

At Santa Margarita, he will be paired with one of the top-rated quarterbacks on the West Coast, KJ Costello, who has committed to Stanford. Costello and Crawford play for the same 7-on-7 team.

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