Crabtree Starring On Both Sides

After recovering from an early season ankle injury, Massillon junior athlete J.D. Crabtree has raised his game to a higher level. One of Ohio's top two-way performers, Crabtree holds one offer and is drawing recruiting interest.

As Massillon (OH) heads into the final two games of the season, the Tigers will look to lean on junior J.D. Crabtree even more.

Crabtree, 5-foot-10, 225-pounds, plays both defensive end and runningback for Massillon. For the season, he leads the Tigers in rushing touchdowns with eight, and also leads the team in tackles for loss at eight.

"In the beginning of the year the foot injury hurt me on the field and in my conditioning, but the past few games I've gotten back to how I want to play," Crabtree stated. "I'm doing more on offense the past few games, while defensively I've been able to play well all year."

"I've done really well running the ball lately, and that's something I love to do," he added. "As a sophomore, I only played defense for us, so I love being able to play both ways."

College recruiters have noticed Crabtree's talent level, and he holds one offer at this time.

"I do have the offer from Toledo, and I really like the school," he explained. "I've had invitations to games from Cincinnati, Ball State, Indiana, Penn State and Ohio State. I've been to Ohio State twice this year, and love the school. I will be visiting Cincinnati at some point for sure."

"Ohio State is telling me I'm on their radar, and I'm being recruited by Coach (Mike) Vrabel," Crabtree said. "They said they're keeping their eye on me. I really think a lot of Penn State, and I speak with Coach (Charlie) Fisher pretty often."

"I love everything about Penn State and will be visiting there for the game with Nebraska," he continued. "I was there when I was younger, and I love the stadium and the tradition. They haven't said what position they're recruiting me for, and I'm not worried about position."

EVALUATION: One of the more unique players in the class of 2015 in Ohio because of his size, but Crabtree is a pure football player. He probably projects as a middle linebacker at the next level, but he could play runningback or possibly outside linebacker. He is extremely strong, has excellent quickness and toughness is not an issue.

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