The state of Georgia remains a key battleground for West Virginia head coach Neal Brown. A lot of talented recruits come out of Georgia, and Brown has already secured three promising commits for his class of 2022.
He’s turning his attention to 2023, and one of the biggest names is four-star linebacker Dee Crayton from Denmark High School in Alpharetta, Georgia. Crayton (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) has already picked up offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, Missouri, Penn State, Savannah State, Syracuse, UCF, USF and now WVU.
Late night Blessing! #AGTG‼️ I am Blessed and Thankful to have earned a(n) offer from West Virginia University!! ⛰ 🔵🟡 #HailWV @NealBrown_WVU @CoachKoonz @CoachLesley_WVU @DenmarkDanesFB @Mansell247 @adamgorney @RivalsFriedman @DemetricDWarren @ErikRichardsUSA @MattDeBary pic.twitter.com/pueme7R2aR
— DeeCrayton🦈 (@Run_DMC8) September 28, 2021
Capable of playing outside linebacker, edge rusher and even safety, Crayton is a multi-dimensional defender for the Danes. His versatility, able to play almost all across the defense, is surely what draws WVU to his game.
He’s quick and agile enough to knife through offensive lines for tackles for loss, strong enough to rush from the outside as an outside linebacker and smooth enough to drop back into coverage to cover running backs and tight ends and still recognize run plays — his pursuit speed leads to blowing up shorter plays.
After 62 tackles, five sacks and an interception as a sophomore with Denmark, he’s quickly heading toward even higher heights as a junior.
According to 247Sports, Crayton is the 201st-ranked recruit in the nation. He’s slotted in as the 19th-ranked linebacker and the 20th-ranked recruit from Georgia. Rivals is a little higher on Crayton, rating him as the 154th-ranked recruit in the nation, coming in as the 11th-ranked outside linebacker and the 18th-ranked recruit from Georgia.
https://t.co/QzZmWoTOTO 1st 4 games *Updated‼️
— DeeCrayton🦈 (@Run_DMC8) September 24, 2021