The latest on Alabama prep NT and the Cougs

WASHINGTON STATE doesn't often fly across the country to make December in-home visits on prep prospects from Alabama. But exceptions are made when it's a highly sought prep nose tackle who tripped to Pullman recently. What's the latest on his recruitment and how do the Cougars figure into the mix?

Rod Crayton out of Dadeville, Alabama is one of the most highly touted prep defensive linemen from the South. The 6-1, 305-pound nose tackle prospect took an official visit to Washington State on Oct. 12 and still thinks about the experience he had with the Cougar coaches and players.

"The atmosphere of the town was just great," Crayton said. "They're like a family out there in Pullman. Everyone is close to one another and I like that about them a lot."

WSU D-LINE COACH Joe Salave'a was in Alabama recently for an in-home visit with Crayton.

"He's telling me that they really want me for next season and I can be a great fit for the program," Crayton said. "They like my strength and that I play with aggression. I can plug up the middle and also get to the quarterback.

"I've had a great relationship with Coach Salave'a. I have a lot of respect for him and would enjoy the possibility of playing for him."

CRAYTON SAID he is in the process of scheduling other official visits, but he'll ‘probably' go to LSU and Tennessee and decide later on his fifth trip. He took an official visit to Penn State on Oct. 26 and said the experience was similar to the one he had in Pullman.

"It went good," Crayton said. "I liked the coaches a lot and the atmosphere around campus was great. It was fun seeing them play Ohio State and the stadium was very loud."

As much fun as he had in Happy Valley, Crayton said there's one thing in particular that intrigues him about the possibility of lining up for the Cougars.

"I like how I could go in there and help rebuild their program," Crayton said. "I think I can help the team out a lot. When I talked with Coach Leach during my official visit, he said he would love to coach me and that I have the opportunity to make an impact right away next season."

CRAYTON SAID he is in no rush to make a college decision and will likely wait until completing all of his official visits before picking a school.

"I'd rank them high on my list," Crayton said of the Cougs. "I'm going to wait a little bit, but I like Washington State a lot. Pullman is a place I can see myself living for the next four years."

Crayton holds over 20 scholarship offers, including Arizona, Arkansas, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi, Penn State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and several more. He is rated three stars by and the 64th best defensive tackle in the nation.

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