Written by: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)
In 2015, the Hoosiers welcomed Largo, Florida natives Jonathan Crawford and Donavan Hale to Bloomington. Those two must be enjoying their time at IU because a former teammate, Brandon Drayton, has decided to join them. According to Matt Weaver of peegs.com, Drayton, a 6’2” safety/wide receiver, became the 15th member of the 2016 recruiting class as he committed to play for Kevin Wilson and new defensive coordinator Tom Allan.
Drayton had 338 receiving yards with four touchdowns, nine pass break-ups, a pair of fumble recoveries, one interception and 58 tackles during his senior season at Largo High School. He is a lengthy athlete that projects as a safety or secondary player in Allan’s new 4-2-5 alignment. Drayton committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in November but decommitted in December and chose IU over offers from Miami and Louisville (among others).
247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong wrote in November that Drayton, “is a striker on defense and will be a factor against the big bruising running backs in the Big Ten. He looks like a decisive player with good instincts and a plus tackler on the high school level.”
Lynden Ostrander covers high school sports for the Tampa Tribune and wrote this on Drayton, “I like him. He’s long and rangy and athletic and will be a safety for sure. Great recovery speed and he can lay the wood. Drayton is versatile for his size.”