Recruiting Profile: Shawn Crable

One of the top defensive prospects in the state of Ohio has WVU on his list of interest.

At 6-7 and 230 pounds, Shawn Crable looks like a defensive end, but the athletic senior-to-be from Massillon (Ohio) High School is actually a linebacker.

"I like playing in space more and running to the football," Crable told "Some schools think I'll be a defensive end, but I'd like to play linebacker."

Crable, who is built and plays like a larger version of current WVU linebacker James Davis, helped the Tigers to a 12-2 record last season. Massillon's only two losses were to eventual state champion St. Ignatius.

"We plan on turning that around this year," Crable said. "Our goal is to win the state championship."

Crable is a very mobile player who is attracting interest and offers from some of the top schools in the country, including Ohio State, Michigan, USC and Miami. He also includes WVU on that list, having visited the Mountaineer campus unofficially this year and also attending the Rich Rodriguez football camp last summer.

"That camp was tough. They rolled us out at 4:00 a.m. to run that hill," he said as he pointed to the Law School incline that is a staple of WVU's conditioning program.

Crable also like WVU's defensive scheme, as it is similar to what he has run at Massillon. He believes it is suited for his game, which is pressure oriented. At Massillon last season, Crable recorded 104 tackles, including 19 for losses and six sacks.

Crable won several all county and district honors, as well as honorable mention All-State as a junior. The Mountaineers figure to have to beat out Michigan and Ohio State for his services, but his multiple visits to the West Virginia campus indicate that WVU has at least a fighting chance.

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