Strong Young Lineman Far From Satisified

Rod Crayton

Rod Crayton, a defensive line prospect for the 2013 signee class, is unusually strong and he is looking to get even stronger.

Dadeville, Ala.--Young Rod Crayton has four early offers including one from Ole Miss and Mississippi State, but it won't be surprising if that list grows much bigger if he is as strong on the football this fall as he has been in the Dadeville High weight room this summer.

The 6-1, 285-pound defensive lineman notes that he recently was able to successfully do one rep of 475 pounds on the bench press. He also has a strong lower body as he is able to do move more than 1,000 pounds on leg presses.

"I am doing a lot of running and I am trying to push my body to get stronger," says Crayton, who says he believes he is no where close to maxing out his strength numbers.

Those numbers will be hard to improve, but considering he just turned 16 years old in January he will probably be able to reach his goal.

Rod Crayton is shown in spring practice earlier this year.

A prospect who already has four scholarship offers, he is also getting attention from the 2010 national champion Auburn Tigers. He recently visited the Auburn campus and talked with head coach Gene Chizik and assistant coach Jay Boulware.

"They told me to keep up the good work you are doing and told me they want me to come back to be in a camp at Auburn," says Crayton, who says he will probably attend AU's one-day prospects camp in July and also plans to participate in a camp at Mississippi State.

Rod Crayton

A teammate and friend of Auburn verbal commitment Darrion Hutcherson, Crayton says he grew up in a family of predominantly Alabama fans, but says he has no favorite when it comes to a college choice, something he has plenty of time to make considering he will be a member of the 2013 signee class.

He notes that he is spending a lot of time this summer focusing on his upcoming high school season. "I am strictly a football player and I am concentrating on the one sport," he says.

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