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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Largo pipeline to Indiana continues with 2016 class



Largo defensive back Brandon Drayton had 21 offers from several big-time schools, including Louisville, Miami and Nebraska.

But he ended up signing with Indiana, a school that has become a destination for former Packer standouts.

Adarius Rayner, who played for the Packers from 2008-09, made 20 starts during his career as a defensive lineman with the Hoosiers. Defensive back Jonathan Crawford and quarterback Donavan Hale, both 2015 Largo graduates, were freshmen at Indiana this past season.

“I’m happy, excited. Having those guys up there helped out a lot,” Drayton said. “They wanted me to come up there. They seemed to enjoy it, especially with all of us coming from the same high school.

In December, Drayton committed to Nebraska, then backed off that pledge a week later. He took his official visit to Indiana on Dec. 4 before committing Jan. 27.

“I liked the school, the coaches and the academics,” Drayton said. “Being able to be play with guys from high school was a big factor, but not the only one.”

Drayton was part of a signing day bonanza with six other Packer football players making their college plans official during a ceremony in the cafeteria. The other signees were: running back John Clark (Arkansas Baptist), receiver/defensive back Dakarai Allen (South Dakota), defensive lineman Javaris Sanders (Fort Hays), defensive back Taj Taylor (Northwest Missouri State), returner Benjie Wright (Coffeeville Community College) and athlete Isaiah Thomas (Iowa Central Community College).  

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 4:10pm]


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