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DHS’ Crayton taking final recruiting visits for decision

Published 9:22am Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The loss to UMS-Wright last week in the second round of the state playoffs in Mobile marked the end of  Dadeville High School senior defensive lineman Rod Crayton’s decorated career as a Tiger.
Crayton, who started on the defensive line for the Tigers since eighth grade, finished his senior season with 157 total tackles, four sacks, 20 quarterback hurries, five recovered fumbles and nine forced fumbles while often facing double teams from opposing offensive lines all season long.
For his career, Crayton wrapped up his stat line with 523 total tackles, 37 sacks, over 125 quarterback hurries, one touchdown, over 20 fumble recoveries and over 40 forced fumbles and leaves his mark as one of the best defensive players to ever play not only at Dadeville High School, but Tallapoosa County as well.
However Crayton’s career has gone far from unnoticed, as the 6-foot, 280 pound senior continues to take his official college visits including trips that have already been taken to the University of Washington and Louisiana State University three weeks ago when the Tigers played Alabama in Baton Rouge.
According to, Crayton holds full scholarship offers from Arkansas, LSU, Memphis, Michigan, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Penn State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
According to the last reports, Crayton had narrowed his top-5 schools to Tennessee, LSU, Penn State, Mississippi State and Arkansas.