Stock rising for DB Crenshaw

With all the athletes on the Pearland (Texas) Dawson roster, Jarell Crenshaw arguably gets the least recognition.

In the same breath, Crenshaw is one of the team’s better athletes. Dawson coach Eric Wells said the 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back may be the team’s top athlete. Crenshaw has a team-high three interceptions and, in addition to being a leader in the secondary, he’s a valuable special teams player.

“He’s a physical, very versatile player who can play corner or safety,” Wells said. “His speed is tremendous, and his ability to make things happen in the open field is amazing, especially in the punt return and kick return game.”

Crenshaw’s special team play helped Dawson turn around a two-touchdown deficit last week. He recovered an botched extra point and ran it back for two points, triggering Dawson’s comeback in a first-round playoff game against Rosenburg (Texas) Lamar Consolidated. Dawson eventually won the game, 41-34, in overtime.

It’s Crenshaw’s coverage skills, however, that make him a target for several BCS schools. Crenshaw doesn’t have an offer yet, but he has been conversing with Houston, Texas A&M, Missouri, Oklahoma State and SMU among other schools.

“He’s a four-year starter for us,” Wells said, “and defensively, he’s at the top of his game right now.”

Dawson will play Houston Reagan Thursday evening in the second round of the Texas Class 4A playoffs.