NDSU's Crockett ready to wow Bison fansFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - John Crockett's road to NDSU has been anything but smooth. The two-time Minnesota All-state running back actually came to Fargo two years ago but needed to get his grades in order to see the field. Now after some hard work in the classroom, he's ready to wow the Bison crowd.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - John Crockett's road to NDSU has been anything but smooth. The two-time Minnesota All-state running back actually came to Fargo two years ago but needed to get his grades in order to see the field. Now after some hard work in the classroom, he's ready to wow the Bison crowd.
John Crockett, NDSU Sophomore Running Back: “It was a long journey, but sometimes to see the light, you have to go thru some darkness, but when I first heard I was done with the class, I was saying thank you god and all that good stuff.”
Bison fans may be saying thank you when they see Crockett play. In 2009, his senior season at Totino-Grace, he had major schools after him, including every team in the Big 10 outside of Northwestern. His grades were the biggest stumbling block to play in the Big 10. Enter NDSU, who took a chance on another top talent out of the Twin Cities in Marcus Williams, who had his own grade issues; and someone who had grown up with Crockett in North Minneapolis.
Marcus Williams, NDSU Junior Cornerback: “We had older people we looked up to. That said, keep fighting, just to keep going and keep pushing yourself. I never doubted him. I knew I could do it, he could do it, knew there are going to be circumstances you have to overcome and he did everything he needed to do to get on the field and I'm proud to see it.”
Crockett: “He's been like my brother, since we were in kindergarten, so being able to talk to him, ask him questions, he picked me up when I was down, saying ‘We need you out there, you can make it.’”
Crockett has now made it back to the field and despite being away from the gridiron for two years, he's ready to make people shake their heads.
Brent Vigen, NDSU Offensive Coordinator: “People are going to say where did this kid come from? We're looking forward to him not only surprising opponents but also pleasing the crowd out there because I think John is going to be a real explosive player out there for us.”
Crockett: “Sometimes you have a little doubt. I really wanted to be a part of this team. I was willing to do whatever it took to do that.”
Just last weekend, Crockett was officially cleared by the NCAA and is listed behind Sam Ojuri on the Bison depth chart.
The first FCS coaches poll of the year is out today, NDSU find itself on top of this one, garnering 19 first place votes, Sam Houston at 2, Northern Iowa clocks in at 7.