Focus 2014: CaVontae Critton

Cavontae Critton

Haynesville is a perennial Louisiana powerhouse. Head coach David Franklin's squad reached the state finals earlier this month and the Tornado will be tough again next year with 2014 all-state RB CaVontae Critton coming back...Read on to meet the versatile junior...

CaVontae Critton gained 1,000 yards on the ground with 26 touchdowns en route to earning 1A first-team all-state honors.

Critton described a couple of memorable games from his junior season, which culminated in a state runner-up finish to Ouachita Christian a couple of weeks ago.

"I had 200 yards rushing with four touchdowns against Peabody Magnet and 206 yards with four touchdowns against West Saint John," he said.

Haynesville defeated West Saint John in the semis, 36-35.

In 2011, West Saint John was a semifinal winner over Haynesville.

Critton, who checks in at 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds, uses his athletic gifts to compensate for any lack of size.

"I think I have quicker feet than most defenses," he explained. "I try to use my speed, quick footwork and strength to make things happen."

The junior was timed at 4.42 in the 40-yard dash at the National Underclassmen Combine in Duncanville, Texas. Moreover, he has a personal-best of 10.8 in the 100.

Critton advanced to the regional track meet this spring in four events -- long jump, 4-X-100 and 4-X-200 relays and the 100 -- and competed in state in the relays.

He plays running back and wingback in Coach Franklin's offense - often predicated on the double wing.

"I expect to play slot receiver in college," Critton said. "I like LSU, Oregon, Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech."

His father said summer camps are marked on the family calendar at TCU, ULM and with the New Orleans Bowl-bound Ragin' Cajuns.

Critton sees double-duty at cornerback for the Tornado. He'll team up with fellow 2014 prospect Jerrell Jackson (QB/S) to form a solid nucleus next fall.

"I feel like we can do it next year," he said of adding another state championship trophy to the Haynesville halls. "We return 10-of-11 starters."

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