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Minnesota Football Recruiting: Alonzo Craighton signs with the Golden Gophers

Alonzo is officially a Golden Gopher!

Vitals:

Name: Alonzo Craighton
Position: Defensive Back
Hometown/School: Geismar (LA), Dutchtown High School
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How he fits:

Craighton is precisely the type of long armed, tall, impressively framed corner that can turn and run with receivers and has the length to disrupt passes. Extra length comes in handy on deeper routes or quick throws that a corner of similar speed wouldn't be able to if he were 2-3 inches shorter. Additionally, Alonzo has the frame to easily pack on another 10-15 lbs. which is necessary to defend the run from the boundary; Claeys loves to send his corners on run blitzes from both sides of the field.

Chances to play in 2015:

Craighton will most likely see the field in 2015, at least in a special teams role.  Jay Sawvel likes to get his freshmen defensive backs into the action, like Craig James this past season.  With his height, Craighton could be a big player near the red zone at a minimum, and will play a much larger role in 2016.