Cody Crawford Commits to Wyoming for Football

Updated: Jan. 20, 2023 at 4:00 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - War Memorial Stadium and the Wyoming Cowboys are a staple of the football culture here in Wyoming. Growing up, children often idolize the team, and dream of one day playing on that field. One player from Natrona County will be seeing his dream come to fruition next fall.

Cody Crawford, senior defensive and offensive lineman for Natrona County, will be calling War Memorial Stadium home as he committed to the University of Wyoming to play football for the next four years.

Crawford couldn’t be more thrilled to suit up for the team he’s been watching since he could remember.

“I think it’s going to be crazy. I went down for the prospect camp last summer, and it was surreal... Just unbelievable just stepping on the field and thinking that someday I might be here. I’m good enough to be here which hasn’t always been the case,” Crawford said.

Cody did have other opportunities to play elsewhere. However, once he got the offer to represent his home state, he knew exactly what he wanted to do.

“Just the opportunity to represent my home state... I know a lot of kids that think ‘I want to go D1,′ I would’ve loved to play at Wyoming if it was D6 or D7,” he said. “But, I am just so stoked to have this opportunity.”

The last player to come out of Natrona and play for the Cowboys was Jordan Bertagnole who graduated in 2018. He’s currently on their roster, and has mentored Crawford through the preferred walk-on process.

“I’ve seen him a couple of times... I saw him at the prospect camp and he’s been very supportive of me. He kind of walked through with me what being a preferred walk on is like. I think he’s got support for me.”

Crawford will be playing defensive line at Wyoming after his stellar year for the Mustangs. This past season, he not only earned All-State honors as a defensive lineman, but as an offensive lineman as well.

This past season he finished the season third for Natrona in total defensive points with 96. He was in on 54 tackles, 15 of those being solo tackles. He also got to the quarterback quite often, ending up with 3.5 sacks on the season along with 2 pass breakups.

When reflecting on his time as a Mustang, he’s incredibly grateful for the coaching staff. As Crawford described, they helped not only him but his teammates in much more than the game of football.

Cody praised the coaches saying, “I mean our coaches have always done a fantastic job of coaching us. How to be great men, great fathers someday, great leaders. I think that’s one of the biggest aspects is them teaching us how to be good people and how to make the right decisions on and off the field.”

Cody Crawford will soon be taking the next steps to becoming a Poke.