Flanked by his parents and siblings, Donald Crayton was the lone member of his Spencer football team to sign a national letter of intent Wednesday, but Crayton knew he wasn’t alone in his achievement.
“I wouldn’t be doing this today without the help of everyone here,” Crayton said after signing his intention to play football at Point University. “All of the coaches, my parents, my teammates and my teachers played a part in this.”
Point University is the former Atlanta Christian College that will field an NAIA football program from its new West Point, Ga., location.
Crayton dominated the area’s receiving statistics as a junior at Spencer.
Named first-team All-Bi-City, Crayton caught 66 balls for 1,007 yards for a team that went 1-9.
Defenses focused in on him, and some key injuries hurt his performance and his stats this season. He even played quarterback in the second half of a game against Manchester. He caught 36 passes last season for 576 yards. He was a preseason member of the Ledger-Enquirer’s Dandy Dozen team and was an honorable mention member of the most recent All-Bi-City football team.
“He did everything we needed him to do since he took the field for us,” coach Oliver Davis said at the beginning of the ceremony. “Donald will make any team that he is on better.”
Sitting alone just reminded Crayton of all the people you need on a football team.
“This is a big day for me and my family,” he said. “But it’s also a big day for Spencer. This opportunity for people is really because of everyone else.
“It felt like home and is close to home,” Crayton, who had conversations with schools including UAB and Albany State. “But being so close means my family can come to almost every game, which is important to me.”