Reports: 3-star safety Brandon Drayton commits to IU #iufb

Largo High School has been kind to the Hoosiers in the past.

On Wednesday, Indiana dipped a little deeper into the talent pool at the Clearwater, Fla. area school, accepting a commitment from three-star safety Brandon Drayton, according to’s Matt Weaver and Inside Indiana’s Alex McCarthy. He’s the third Largo product in the last year to choose IU, joining former teammates Donavan Hale and Jonathan Crawford in Bloomington.

Drayton is considered the No. 65 safety in the 2016 class, according to the 247 Sports Composite rankings and the 6-foot-2, 175-pound prospect has listed offers from Louisville, Nebraska, Colorado, Colorado State and Florida International, among others. He originally gave a verbal pledge to Nebraska in late November, but announced his decommitment days later, writing in a tweet that he felt he rushed his decision.

Drayton played both ways at Largo, featuring as both a receiver and defensive back for coach Marcus Paschal — himself a former All-Big Ten safety at Iowa. Defensively, Drayton made 58 tackles as a senior, returning an interception for a touchdown and breaking up nine passes.

Messages for Drayton and Paschal were not immediately returned.

With Drayton’s commitment, the Hoosiers now have 13 high school seniors they expect to sign on National Signing Day next Wednesday. Drayton is the fourth defensive back in the class, joining junior college safety signee Jayme Thopmson and verbal commits Khalil Bryant, a safety from Florida, and Ohio cornerback A’Shon Riggins.

Thompson and junior college quarterback Richard Lagow have already signed with IU.


  1. Size and length of Jonathan Crawford but already a much better tackler. This is a great get. Hope they keep the Largo, FL pipeline producing big time athletes for IU.

  2. Good get CKW and staff. Get these kids signed next Wednesday. I’m never mad when a kid flips from the Black Shirts to our defensive backfield. BOOM. GO HOOSIERS!!!

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