Profile - Naytron Culpepper
The state of Florida is loaded with talented defensive backs in the 2017 class. Miami Carol City recruit Naytron Culpepper is one of those backs. Monday Culpepper visited one of the schools that has interest in him.
Naytron made the trip north from Miami to Atlanta to visit Georgia Tech. "I’ve been wanting to come up for a visit to check out the school and to meet the coaching staff.” The visit led to Culpepper receiving an offer from Tech.
Growing up Naytron didn’t believe he’d be in the position he’s in now. With the offer from Tech, Culpepper now has over 25 reported offers. “I used to be short and chubby and people told me I wouldn’t even be able to be a high school player.” Hard work and a growth spurt brought Culpepper to where he is now.
Naytron liked the historic and traditional feel of the Tech when he toured the campus. Naytron got to see the stadium, weight room, the campus rec center, and he also met with the academic people and the coaches.
Coach Paul Johnson, Coach Ted Roof, and Coach Buzz Preston all met with Culpepper. “They said I would be an excellent addition to the secondary at one of the corner positions.” Coach Johnson offered Culpepper and let him know that he really liked his film. "Coach Johnson and Coach Roof said they like tall corners.” Naytron is currently 6'1"-180 pounds. Naytron was also invited back for another visit this summer or for their home games this season. “I plan on doing both if I can.”
When he begins to trim down his list of offers, Culpepper will be looking for a school where he can make an impact as a freshman. "I'd like to get early playing time if I can prove to the coaches that I belong on the field.” Finding a school where he’s comfortable will also enter into the equation for Naytron. “My relationship with the coaches will also come into play.” Culpepper feels that Tech fits those criteria.
Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan State, Oregon State, South Carolina, and Utah are the schools showing strong interest in Naytron. That list could change. ‘I’ve picked up new offers recently. I think Tech will step up their recruitment now that they’ve offered."
Culpepper doesn’t have any scheduled visits at this time but he knows he’ll visit Michigan State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and maybe Oregon State or Utah. Naytron will begin making plans once school is out this week.
Carol City hopes to make the state finals this season. If that happens, Naytron hopes to make his decision either right before or right after the finals.