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Watch List DT Crayton talks favorites

3/18/2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- ESPNU 150 Watch List defensive tackle Rod Crayton (Dadeville, Ala./Dadeville) was one of several big-time prospects to visit Gainesville on Saturday. The 6-foot-1, 300-pound defensive tackle has offers from LSU, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Michigan and many others, but the Gators have not offered.

Crayton though, believes after his visit to Florida an offer could come soon.

"It was great. I really enjoyed practice," Crayton said. "I really enjoyed talking with coach [Dan] Quinn and coach [Bryant] Young. They haven't offered me yet because they have concerns about my height, but they said they will talk it over as a staff and get back to me. I think they are really interested in me."

With close to 15 major scholarship offers, Crayton says Tennessee, Mississippi State, LSU and Michigan are standing out to him right now.

"At LSU, when I went down there the coaches down there from day one, they showed me love," Crayton said. "Coach [Brick] Haley when he saw my film on Friday, he called me first thing on Monday to offer me. When I went up there, I sat down with them and they were telling me how I can fit in their program. They said they wouldn't even have recruited me if they didn't think I could come in and play right away. They like my strength and size."

Crayton said that Tennessee is using social media to express its interest.

"With Tennessee, I like coach Sal [Sunseri] a lot and coach Andrew," he said. "They show me a lot of love and talk at me a lot on Facebook. They tell me they really like me and want me."

Crayton, who says he bench presses over 500 pounds, is impressed with Michigan's strength and conditioning program.

"I like their facilities," he said. "I like what they are doing in the weight room. I like their coaches a lot, too. They are showing me a lot of love."

Crayton said if Florida were to offer, the Gators would move near the top of his list.

"If they offered me," he said, "they would definitely be in the top five."