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On Tuesday, Daveon Crouch a linebacker from Wharton School, Tampa (FL) pledged to the Eagles. The junior is the first true linebacker to commit in this class, joining Sione Hala, who is more of a hybrid safety. Why is this is a big deal for the Eagles? Let's evaluate.
Here is our scouting report on the commit:
Name: Daveon Clifford
Weight: 220 pounds
247 Ranking: Not rated by the recruiting service
Rivals Ranking: No Ranking
Other Offers: Arizona
Main Recruiter: Sean Duggan
Recruiting Roundup: Another recruit who secretly made a trip to Chestnut Hill last weekend. Hafley's staff was in early on Crouch, and got to him before Don Brown and the Arizona Wildcats offered. That was a big deal for Crouch who told BC Bulletin. "I was talking to coach Tem (Lukabu), I was surprised but happy that’s my dreams are coming true," explained Crouch. Clearly he is being recruited on the defensive side of the ball, as Lukabu explained what he liked. "He liked the way I came off the ball, I have good hands, and how physical I get."
Scouting Report: Crouch is explosive, specifically on defense, hence why he was recruited on that side of the ball. A hard hitter who hits like a linebacker but moves like a safety. He is going to be incredibly versatile when he gets to the next level as Jeff Hafley, Sean Duggan and Tem Lukabu will be able to move him all over the field. He can move in coverage, or play closer to the line. Played a lot of defensive line last season at Wharton, but has the athlete profile that will find him playing time on a defense that requires that.
Projection: The athleticism is there for Crouch to be an impact player in Jeff Hafley's 4-2-5 defense. He has the versatility to find playing time immediately but may need some time adjusting and working on technique. But there is no reason that Daveon Crouch couldn't be an everyday starter, at either linebacker or hybrid for multiple seasons in Chestnut Hill.
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