Miami Jackson (Miami, Florida) High School’s DaVontae McCrae had been an offensive lineman ever since pee wee league football.
Last year, he made the big switch and became a defensive end.
“I love defense,” McCrae said. “You can deliver the hit, you don’t have to wait for somebody else.”
It’s working out well in terms of college offers as well. McCrae has nearly a dozen D-1 offers, and recently took a trip where he visited several ACC-area schools. He toured Wake Forest, North Carolina State, East Carolina and Georgia Tech.
“Everything has been going good,” he said about his recruitment.
Wake Forest impressed McCrae.
"The whole visit was great. They showed me the facilities and the whole school,” he said. “From a football perspective, I saw exactly everybody on the coaching staff — the defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel, (defensive line) coach (Dave) Cohen and head coach (Dave) Clawson.
“They already have great facilities and they’re building on it.”
The 6-foot-4, 259 pound defensive end also enjoyed his time at Georgia Tech.
“They had everything I like. They have a big pool,” McCrae said. “Everything was good there. I had a good connection with the coaches.”
McCrae feels like he adjusted well to the defensive side of the ball last season.
“Good use of my arm length and having good sense to make reads on the defensive side of the ball,” he said were his strengths.
“More active hands and speed rush,” he said about what he hopes to improve upon as a senior. “Looking to show a better motor this year.”
He’ll continue to hit camps during the summer and hopes to get more offers.
“The possibility of playing time as a freshman,” McCrae said about what he’s looking for in a school. “Schools that I connect with — not just with the coaches, but also the players who will be there with me.”