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Passion drives Crowther into Division I prospect

DJ Crowther trains at the Game-Fit Sacramento Combine on Oct. 24, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
DJ Crowther trains at the Game-Fit Sacramento Combine on Oct. 24, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Ever since Christian Brothers junior DJ Crowther stepped on the field, football was a love he never wanted to let go.

“I’ve always just had a love for the game,” Crowther said. “I was always passionate about it and I just love coming out here and competing and dominating.”

Crowther – a running back, athlete and linebacker at Sacramento’s Christian Brothers – was involved in football beginning as a young 4-yard-old, and since then, he’s developed into a high-caliber prospect in Northern California.

Last season, playing as part of the junior varsity and varsity squads at Christian Brothers, Crowther continuously made plays, churning out a combined nine touchdowns out of the backfield and on special teams – part of a program that won seven games and appeared in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.

With the extra time to prepare for the upcoming season, Crowther is ensuring he takes advantage of all the time presented to him and focusing on his schoolwork, where he boasts a 4.0 GPA.

“I’ve seen myself grow strength wise and mentality wise,” Crowther said. “It’s really had me step back and really spend time with my family and just keep working and just focus on school because that’s a huge part in trying to make it to a Power Five school.”

Numerous Division I schools have been in contact with Crowther, who said he’s talked with coaches from Arizona State, California, Colorado, Fresno State, Nevada and UNLV, to name a few.

“I’m looking for a school that best fits me and that’s just a good fit for me and then God.],” Crowther said. “God is No. 1. Wherever God puts me at, that’s where I want to be.”

For his junior campaign, Crowther strives for a perfect record. Christian Brothers was 7-4 a year ago.

More could be in store.

“I’m trying to go undefeated, and I just want to go out there and compete and for us to just put on a show,” Crowther said.


  1. Sharon Crowther on January 20, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Good Job Darius I so very PROUD of you and ALL that you have accomplished thus far. May God continue to bless you.

  2. Kay on January 20, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Keep moving to the top! Yes, God first always! He is going to bless you through your journey.

  3. Mischelle Mcdonald on January 24, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Darius, lam extremely so proud of you as a young man and the family you have a good and strong foundation. Please always put God first and the plan and goals will prevail. I love you and may God, continue to Bless with love Aunt, Mischelle (Missy) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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