Southern Miss lands DT Rod Crayton

Four-star defensive tackle Christopher Robinson (Shreveport, La./Woodlawn) picked Southern Miss on Friday, instantly becoming the Golden Eagles top pledge. Monday, three-star Rod Crayton (Dadeville, Ala./Dadeville) committed to play along side Robinson, according to sources, and is now USM's second highest-rated verbal.

Crayton, a 6-foot-1, 300-pounder, received a lot of BCS attention on the trail. He took official visits to Washington State (Oct. 13th) and Penn State (Oct. 27th) and had offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Michigan, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

He was named Alabama's Class 4A Lineman of the Year in 2012 after registering 157 tackles, 4 sacks, 6 forced fumbles and 22 quarterback hurries, according to the Opelika-Auburn News. Crayton finished his high school career with 523 total tackles, one of the top marks in state history.

ESPN calls him, "a defensive tackle who is capable of clogging things up inside... is a strong kid who as a nose can be tough inside, but needs to gain more consistency in his game to better utilize his strengths as a player."