Posted: 11:51 am Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Recruiting: 2014 Pahokee ATH Rashaun Croney signs with Minnesota 

By Anthony Chiang

Nearly two months after National Signing Day, 2014 Pahokee athlete Rashaun Croney signed with a Division I football team.

After the three-star prospect visited the University of Minnesota over the weekend, he signed with the Golden Gophers on Monday night. Croney initially signed with Ellsworth Community College, a junior college in Iowa, in February after academic struggles scared off schools like South Carolina and Arkansas.

“He is closer,” Pahokee coach Blaze Thompson said of Croney’s grades. “In other words, he’s en route to do what he needs to do.”

Minnesota began to show interest in Croney in March, offering the 14th-best recruit on PBGametime’s Class of 2014 Big Board on his visit to the campus this past weekend. The Golden Gophers e-mailed a letter of intent to Thompson on Monday, and Croney signed it and faxed it back to the school that same evening.

The Golden Gophers plan to use Croney as a defensive back. He made the Post All-Area first team as a defensive back as a senior.

“I’m very happy for Rashaun,” Thompson said. “I think there are still two to three other players here that I believe can still be going in that direction, too. As much as we’re happy for Rashaun, we’re still working on the others.”

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