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Southern Miss lands Crayton

Published 10:57am Tuesday, February 5, 2013

By Ed Bailey

Dadeville’s defensive line anchor has made a decision on where he will attend college and play on Saturdays.
Rod Crayton, the highly-touted defensive tackle of Dadeville High School, has decided to commit to the University of Southern Mississippi.
According to Dadeville head football coach Richard White, Crayton made the decision about a week ago, shortly after his official visit to  Hattiesburg, Miss. on Jan. 25.
Southern Miss was a late addition to the list of possible destinations for Crayton, who at one point in time held offers from more than 15 schools.
Among those potential destinations were LSU, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Mississippi.
Crayton is one of the most decorated defensive players from the region.
The 6-foot-1 310-pounder was the 2012 Class 4A Lineman of the Year, and was a finalist for the award last season.
In addition, Crayton was named to the Class 4A All-State team in 2011 and 2012.
He was also named to the All-Outlook team in 2011 and 2012 and he has been named to the All-Outlook Super 12 team for the past two seasons.
He accumulated 157 tackles, four sacks and recovered six fumbles for Dadeville this past season.
Crayton is ranked as the 11th best senior football player on’s A-List.
Check Thursday’s issue of The Outlook and The Record for more information.