A speedy young tailback at Salesian College Preparatory received heaps of praise from his coaches in a recently released college recruiting tape.
DaLonnie Crater, the incoming junior from Richmond who shined on the varsity team last year, was described by Salesian head coach Chad Nightingale as a team player who can lead by example and shows up for big games.
“He has natural elusiveness, he has very good vision, he has great balance, acceleration,” Nightingale said. “Once the hole develops, and obviously the game is constantly changing, he accelerates very well through the hole and that’s something you simply cannot coach.”
Nightingale also said Crater can block, but he most praised the young player for his dedication to team.
“I think he’s very concerned about how well other kids are performing, how well the team is doing, and obviously he does his part,” Nightingale said.
He added that Crater plays his best in big games and at crucial times, adding, “average players don’t have in their first [varsity] game a couple hundred yards.”
Crater stands 5-feet-11, weighs about 180 pounds and was clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.5 seconds. In Salesian’s defeat of El Cerrito in the Tri County Athletic League title game, he ran for 104 yards on 14 carries including a 46-yard TD run.
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