Totino's John Crockett Gets Recruiting Looks

John Crockett, a 6-foot, 162-pound running back from Totino-Grace, is one of the state's top three-sport athletes. Crockett is a standout in football, basketball and track. He is receiving recruiting interest from Minnesota and his two best friends have already received scholarship offers from the Gophers. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Crockett to learn the latest on his recruitment.

John Crockett helped lead the Eagles to a 9-2 mark as a junior, losing to Orono in the Class AAAA, Section 6 Football finals 19-15. Crockett had 90 rushes for 894 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns through nine games. He caught eight passes for 107 yards and one score. Crockett had four games of 100 or more rushing yards. He rushed twelve times for 159 and three touchdowns versus Spring Lake Park, had eight carries for 118 and three touchdowns against Columbia Heights, ten carries for 148 versus St. Louis Park and rushed six times for 142 yards against Spring Lake Park in the playoffs.

Crockett averaged 13.7 points per game last season on the basketball court as the Eagles finished 6-21, losing to Columbia Heights in the Class 3A Section 3 playoffs. He scored in double figures in 16 of 22 games with four games of 20 or more points, including 29 versus Spring Lake Park.

Crockett is also a standout on the track field. He won the high jump at the Class AA True Team state meet with a jump of 6-foot-4. Crockett finished second in the long jump (20-10) and was fifth in the 100-meter dash (11:41).

Crockett said that he is hearing from plenty of schools in football.

"The U (Minnesota), Wisconsin, Illinois, Purdue, Colorado, Iowa State, Kentucky, Tennessee and a few smaller D1 schools."

Crockett did not attend many football camps due to his busy schedule with the Minnesota Pump N Run AAU program.

"I have only been to two camps because I was playing AAU. I've been to the Wisconsin camp, which I did really, really well and I went to the Iowa State camp."

Crockett is hearing from schools about playing several positions in college.

"They actually want me to have my hands on the ball. A lot of them want me to play running back, because they said that they could get me bigger, but most of the bigger schools want me to play wide receiver."

Crockett has high expectations for the Eagles, which won the 2007 Class AAAA title during his sophomore year.

"At Totino, we are a big school about coming together as one. Being a team player and not an individual player and going out there and laying it all out on the line."

Totino returns J.D. Pride at quarterback, who has received a Minnesota scholarship offer. The Eagles have always had a strong rushing attack, but Crockett thinks that they will utilize the forward pass more this season.

"This year, we are going to be a little bit more of a passing team because of J.D. We have been best friends since the fourth grade and we have been playing together since "who knows." We are very excited to get back out there and he knows to throw it up and I'll go get it."

Crockett shined as a defensive stopper and high energy player for the Minnesota Pump N Run team this spring and summer. He was recently named MVP of a tournament in Rockford, playing for the Minnesota Magic 19-and-under team. He is hearing from a variety of teams in basketball

"Basketball, I am hearing from Arkansas, Florida Atlantic, Eastern Illinois, Drake, Old Dominion, North Dakota State and South Dakota State. Illinois called for me."

Crockett has yet to receive a scholarship offer in any sports, but he is looking forward to taking some college visits.

"I visited Michigan State and for football, I am very, very interest in them and they are in me. I have been to the Michigan campus and that is very nice, but I like Michigan State in football the most right now. I am the type of kid that if you contact me and take the time to talk to me, I will take the time to look at you, no matter who you are or where it is. That is just the type of player that I am."

Crockett said that Pride has just one scholarship offer, but that could change.

"Currently, yes, but he is in the midst of getting an offer from Michigan."

Crockett admits that two have talked about playing at the same school together.

"We have. I used to live with J.D. during the school year. We talk all the time about it. We wish that me, J.D. and Seantrel (Henderson) could all go to the same school. That is one of my best friends. We have all talked about going to the same school, but that is very difficult because we understand that with schools, it is time to be selfish. It has got to be the best fit for me and the best fit for them. If we find a school that fits us well and they need a wide receiver and need a quarterback and need an offensive lineman, we may all do that."

"We all hang out together. We are like brothers. It is hard to separate us. I was supposed to transfer over to Cretin after my freshman year, but I decided to stay at Totino so we could all be together but then J.D. decided to transfer and be with me. That made it easier for the transition. We are all best friends."

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