Crayton Hoping for Offer

Jeremy Crayton accepted UNC assistant coach John Lovett's invitation and attended North Carolina's One-Day Camp two weekends ago.

"He came to my high school [during the Evaluation Period] and he didn't get a chance to see me work out," Crayton said. "I thought it would be a good opportunity."

Crayton, a 6-foot, 184-pound athlete, took full advantage of his opportunity.

"[The UNC coaches] like me a lot – basically," Crayton said. "They kept telling me that the whole time I was there."

At Piscataway (N.J.) High School, Crayton has started both ways since his sophomore season, but wide receiver has been his most valued position. He ended his junior season with 14 catches for 265 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, he plays free safety where he recorded 42 tackles and two interceptions last fall.

Throughout UNC's camp, Crayton worked out exclusively at cornerback under the guidance of Lovett and defensive coordinator/defensive back coach Everett Withers.

"It was a great experience," Crayton said. "Coach Withers and Coach Lovett, they really know how to break down drills and make you understand what's going on in this drill so that you understand what you should be taking away from the drill."

Crayton shined the brightest during one-on-one passing drills, where he showed a strong ability to jam the receiver, knocking the timing off his route.

"I like to be very physical and I like a challenge," Crayton said. "I like somebody that's going to give me a good challenge. I like going up against bigger opponents, because I like to see where I stand against someone that's 6-5 or 6-4."

For much of the one-on-ones, Crayton faced stiff competition including lining up against Josh Adams (Cheshire (Conn.) Academy) and Markeith Ambles (McDonough (Ga.) Henry County).

"I feel like I locked up against [the receiver]," Crayton said. "I did really well. My coverage was tight. My jam was really good off the line-of-scrimmage. I was basically in [the receiver's] back pocket the entire time."

After the camp concluded, Crayton was escorted to Butch Davis' office, where he spoke to UNC's head coach

"He was just telling me that I was really under the radar because of my position," Crayton said. "I wasn't out there [in the media] as everybody else was, but I showed up and that they're very interested in me. If I get my SAT scores back, they're looking to offer me a scholarship there."

If a UNC scholarship offer makes its way to Crayton, the Tar Heels will likely add a new name to their verbal commitment list.

"I would talk it over with my family first – I already told my mom how I felt about the school, I loved it – but my conclusion would be I would be attending UNC," Crayton said.

"[I liked] just the atmosphere and the coaches. The coaches are really down to earth. They're not the type of coaches that will just tell you anything just to make you feel good. They are honest and genuine."

Crayton is still waiting to receive his first scholarship offer. However, he is fielding strong interest from Connecticut, Rutgers, Temple, and Virginia.

After camping at UNC, Crayton attended camps at Rutgers and Temple. He most recently returned from Temple, where he came away feeling an offer was also in the works.

"I got to meet Coach [Al] Golden," Crayton said. "He said he really enjoyed me and that I looked good out there."

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