The Duquesne football program has landed a talented player from the WPIAL.
Wednesday afternoon, 2019 Aliquippa wide receiver Deoveon Crute announced that he had committed to Jerry Schmitt and Duquesne.
“This recruiting process has been stressful,” Crute told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “However, that’s all gone now that I know that I’ll be going to a school like Duquesne. The reason I choose them is because of the coaching staff, they treated me like family. I was able to communicate with them and tell them everything.”
The Dukes coaching staff has been working hard to keep local talent home and Crute was impressed with and excited to be playing for Schmitt.
“He’s a very good coach and he’s able to relate to players,” said Crute. “He understands where players are coming from and he’s a good listener. He’s a good coach, that tells his players right from wrong and at the same time is able to coach them.”
Crute is a two-way player at Aliquippa but his future in college is probably on the offensive side of the ball. He also was quick to credit new Aliquippa wide receiver coach Derek Moye for playing a big role in his development.
“I’ll play wherever they want me to and do whatever the coaches ask of me,” said Crute. “But, I really see myself playing the slot or as an outside receiver.”
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“When Coach Moye first came, he saw a lot of things that I needed corrected on and was there to help me with everything. He was a teacher and a coach at the same time. When you messed up, he encouraged you to do better, he was able to coach me up and got me to be a better player. He’s not just someone that works with the receivers, he works and helps everyone on the team. He works the same with the younger player that he does with the seniors. He’s just really a great coach.”
Now that Crute has made his decision, it’s time to concentrate on the WPIAL playoffs and then to get ready for college football at Duquesne.
“I’m just very excited and can’t wait to play,” he said. “I’ve really been looking at Duquesne since I got the offer from them. That’s the school that really caught my attention. They’ve really stayed in communication with me, I’ve been watching their games, I have a couple of friends up there. It’s a great school and I’m excited.”