Distance didn’t prevent Dylan Crawford from coming to B1G country.

The four-star Southern California wide receiver turned down the proximity of UCLA and Oregon. Instead he gave his pledge to Michigan.

Crawford made the announcement in the middle of the first quarter at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

“I just felt it was the all-around best fit for me,” Crawford said on the NBC broadcast. “I felt it was the best networking base for me. I knew I could compete right from the beginning. Coach (Jim) Harbaugh is going to get me right.”

Before he made his decision public to the world, Crawford called his future coach to let him know about the good news.

“He was excited,” Crawford said of Harbaugh. “He was just fired up.”

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On the broadcast, Crawford was compared to future Hall of Fame receiver Steve Smith. The 20th ranked receiver in the 2016 class has a similar frame at 6-1, 186 pounds.

Crawford will give the Wolverines the outside threat they were looking for in their 2016 class. He’s the team’s highest-rated wideout recruit in the sixth-highest rated recruit overall.

With National Signing Day less than four weeks away, Crawford’s commitment lifted Michigan past Ohio State for the No. 2 class in the 2016 rankings.