Well, we know how problematic defensive tackle depth has been for the Hokies this year, and that’s with losing Ricky Walker next year to graduation and Darius Fullwood to moving on from the university. Now the Hokies got at least a little bit of experienced help coming on board soon- pending signing- as JUCO defensive tackle Dashawn Crawford decided to commit to the Hokies. This makes the 17th commitment for the Hokie recruiting class, and the third defensive tackle (replacing the decommitted Brandon Dorlus). Junior college players live in weird areas when it comes to rankings, but he’s considered a three star by 247; he’s the eighth overall ranked JUCO defensive tackle and the 14th ranked player from Mississippi. Coming to the Hokies by way of Jones County Junior College, he was an unranked prospect in high school only offered by Nicholls State. He’s likely to sign early and join the team for spring, which is great considering the Hokies need depth as soon as possible. At the very least he will provide the experienced depth that Tech lacks. He’s flipped from his commitment to Troy in order to commit to the Hokies.
Let’s take a look at the tape.
Dashawn Crawford (Bay Springs, MS via Ellisville, MS. 6’-0.5”, 270lbs. Defensive Tackle.)
Crawford is the pretty typical athletic undersized Hokie defensive tackle prototype. He shows decent burst off the line and penetrating ability, but obviously he’ll need to gain a bit of weight to anchor against full scale FBS competition- especially since run defense has been a problem this year. Per 247 he was just recently visited by the staff- as in, in the past couple hours- and committed just after they left. Also per 247, he was a qualified student out of high school, but went to Junior College in an effort to increase his recruiting viability/visibility. He’s active and has a good motor, and hopefully his somewhat out-of-control rushing and disruptiveness can be actively focused down by Coach Wiles.
Welcome to the Hokies, Dashawn.