RB John Crockett Gets Recruiting Attention

John Crockett, a 6-foot, 162-pound running back from Totino-Grace, had a fantastic senior season. Crockett was named first team All-State after scoring 41 touchdowns as he helped the Eagles to the Class AAAA state title. He is receiving recruiting interest from Minnesota. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Totino-Grace head coach Jeff Ferguson to learn the latest on his recruitment.

John Crockett helped lead the Eagles to a 13-0 mark this season. He rushed 180 times for 1802 (10.0 yards per carry) with 34 touchdowns. Crockett caught 26 passes for 495 yards (19.0 yards per reception) and five scores. He returned two punts for touchdowns.

Crockett has helped lead the Eagles to a 4-3 start on the hardwood as he is averaging 11.7 points per game.

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).

Ferguson said that the three-sport star is getting loks from several Midwest schools.

"North Dakota State is having their second home visit with him tonight. He is going to a be non-qualifier his first year and they are looking at him as a grayshirt. Other people have stooped recruiting him, but NDSU is taking another approach. It is a good place for him. They are offering unique academic support and structure. Minnesota is very interested in him going to a place like Iowa Western and then having two years of eligibility left."

Crockett led 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 as a junior. 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 said that he is hearing from plenty of schools in football.

Crockett is close friends with teammate and Minnesota commitment J.D. Pride and USA Today's Offensive Player of the Year Seantrel Henderson, who is considering the Gophers among other choices.

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