GW's Switzer & Crouser Shared National Signing Day with a Close - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

GW's Switzer & Crouser Shared National Signing Day with a Close Friend

Posted: Updated:

A pair of George Washington football standout's dreams' came true on Wednesday's National Signing Day.

Students all over the nation signed their National Letters of Intent to play college football.  There's so much emotion that comes with National Signing Day. All the hard work and pressure of picking a university to play college ball is finally gone.

It was a bitter sweet day for newly signed North Carolina Tar Heel Ryan Switzer and UNC Charlotte 49er Dustin Crouser. Both kids left behind an amazing high school career that included multiple trips into the George Washington High and state record books.

Both may have racked up eye-popping stats on the football field, but it's what they did during their time at school that you'll never find in a stat book.

"I'm heavily involved in the special needs program [at school]," Switzer said. "My best friend is going to be here today, Clifton.  He's going to be signing with me. Those kids have been as much help to me as I've been to them."

 "It's just a special feeling," Crouser added. "Nothing is better than helping out those kids.  They love the attention. It just warms my heart to help out those guys."

George Washington Head Coach Steve Edwards Jr. says it speaks volumes of their character that these students give back.  "It shows what values they have," Edwards Jr. said.  "They're more than just football players. They're more than just what you see on Friday nights, and what you see in the weight room. They're real people."

18-year-old Clifton Reid suffers from Autism and Down Syndrome.  Clifton is Ryan and Dustin's number one fan and is always by their side.

"Hawk [Crouser] and Ryan are the best," Reid said.

Clifton has been friends with Ryan since Middle School, and then when Clifton attended high school he became close with Dustin.

When Ryan went on one of his recruiting trips to North Carolina he brought Clifton. Ryan said that it wouldn't have felt right to pick UNC until Clifton experienced a trip there, too.

When asked if he was going to miss the two recruits when they leave in a few months, and if he loved them, Clifton responded, "Yep, Yep" with a frown.

Immediately, Ryan responded "Love you, man."

At that moment, Ryan and Dustin hugged Clifton and he responded back, "I Love you, I love you."