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Weight: 186 pounds
Projected Position: Cornerback
Rivals: 3-star, No. 47 cornerback nationally, No. 17 player in North Carolina
247Sports: 3-star, No. 39 cornerback nationally, No. 15 player in North Carolina
ESPN: 4-star, No. 34 cornerback nationally, No. 11 player in North Carolina
Other Power 5 offers: 9
Virginia Tech went into the state of North Carolina and beat out the Tar Heels, Louisville, Wisconsin and others for Dudley High School cornerback DJ Crossen. The presence of Hendon Hooker and other Greensboro-area players certainly helped with Crossen’s recruitment, as the Hokies have recently put a major emphasis on recruiting the Tar Heel State.
College football is trending towards bigger corners with long arms, and Crossen fits that mold. He’s listed at 6-foot-1 as a recruit, and he has the length that Bud Foster likes in his cornerbacks. Crossen is a good athlete, though not a dominant one. He’s the highest-rated high school cornerback of Virginia Tech’s 2018 recruiting class, and because he enrolled early and will go through spring practice, he could have an opportunity to crack the two-deep as early as this season.
This scouting report is incomplete because Crossen’s senior season highlight video is less than three minutes long, and the video quality is poor. Nevertheless, a few things stand out, and I saw enough to make me believe that Crossen could potentially contribute at multiple positions throughout his career, if needed.