DELANDO CROOKS OL 6'5 275 Rivals★★★ESPN★★★247★★★Scout★★★★
No. 28 Offensive Tackle in Nation - Scout.com No. 41 Offensive Guard in Nation - ESPN.com
Selected Vanderbilt overTennessee, Auburn, Georgia, Stanford, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech among others
[Photo Credit: Atlanta Public Schools]
HIGH SCHOOL Two-year team captain for Atlanta city power... Two-way starter as senior as Panthers went 9-2 and advanced to AAAA state playoffs... Named as Second Team MaxPreps All-American after senior campaign... In 2012, also earned First Team AAAA All-State
Offensive Line, All-Region and All-City from Atlanta Journal-Constitution by producing 40 pancake blocks at OT... As senior DT, contributed 35 tackles, seven QB sacks and two forced fumbles for Panthers... Helped pave way for two running backs to surpass 1,000 yards during the 2012 season... Nominated to play in postseason East West Georgia All-Star Game... Honors student.
PERSONAL Delando Lamar Crooks... "Lando"... Son of Lester Crooks and the late Janice Crooks... Born April 11, 1995... Has four brothers: Damien, Damion, Dominic and Kenard; and three sisters: Kareen, Corlett, and Alisha... Mentored and coached by his uncle, Troy Vaccianna... Named school's Homecoming King as senior... Enjoys drawing and playing chess.
CARVER-ATLANTA ASSISTANT COACH TROY VACCIANNA "Lando didn't come off the field this year. When they changed possession, he just stayed out there, playing both ways.
"He's a gifted offensive lineman. His foot work, speed, long reach, and quickness off the ball are pretty unique. He also has the intelligence coaches want to see.
"Lando leads by example. He'll be the first on the field and one of the last to leave."