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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
DT Rod Crayton planning official visits

By Greg Ostendorf

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Aside from Reuben Foster, Rod Crayton (Dadeville, Ala./Dadeville) is one of the higher-ranked players left in the state of Alabama still undeclared. The three-star defensive tackle has an impressive offer list, but he’s beginning to narrow his choices.

In October, he took his official visit to Penn State for the Ohio State game.

“I liked it,” Crayton said. “I like Coach Ted Roof. I like Coach Larry Johnson. Coach Johnson can get you to the league. He’s a good coach. He knows the fundamentals and everything, and he knows what it takes to get there. I think he can teach me that.”

Crayton also took an official visit to Washington State during the season.

“I’ve been in contact with Coach Joe Salave’a, the defensive line coach there,” Crayton said. “I’ve been in contact with him for awhile now, and me and him got a good relationship going on. I feel like he’s a good man.”

Crayton still has three official visits left to take, and he says he wants to make trips to both LSU and Mississippi State soon. The 6-foot-1, 285-pound defensive tackle also plans to reach out to new Tennessee head coach Butch Jones next week, and the Volunteers could receive his fifth and final official visit.

Once he takes all of his visits, he’s ready to make a decision and go to a school where he feels comfortable.

“You’ve got to be there four years,” Crayton said. “There’s no guarantee you’ll go to the league, so I want to make sure I go somewhere where I feel comfortable, where I feel I can spend four years there and I have a good relationship with the coach there and the players.”

This week, Crayton is participating in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.