Football

DekelCrowdus

  • position Wide Receiver
  • height 5-10
  • Weight 171
  • class Redshirt Freshman
  • Hometown Lexington, Ky.
  • High school Frederick Douglass

2021 – Freshman
• Redshirt season
• Suffered a knee strain in August that did not require surgery

High School
• 247sports ranks him as a four-star prospect, the No. 3 prospect in Kentucky, No. 51 receiver and No. 300 overall player nationally
• Three-star recruit by Rivals and rated the No. 4 player in Kentucky and No. 74 receiver nationally
• Known for his high-end speed and explosiveness who has drawn comparisons in some circles to the NFL’s Brandin Cooks
• Frederick Douglass coach Nathan McPeek: “He is track fast but he translates that to the field. If he touches the ball five times he could score five touchdowns … He’s not as big as Lynn (Bowden) but he can do some of those things.”
• Finished with 91 receptions for 1,505 yards and 22 touchdowns in his prep career
• In 2020, named second-team All-State by the AP and the Louisville Courier-Journal after totaling 25 catches for 331 yards and nine touchdowns
• Averaged 13.0 yards per catch
• Named to the Lexington Herald-Leader “Class of the Commonwealth” list of the top seniors in Kentucky
• Owns the school record for career touchdown receptions (14 before 2020) and in a season 11 (2018), as well as career receiving yards and yards in a season (831, 2018)
• In 2018, had 37 receptions for 831 yards
• Selected the hometown Wildcats over a top 10 that included Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor, South Carolina and Virginia Tech

Personal
• Name pronounced “da-KEL CROWD-us”
• Born in Lexington, Kentucky
• Son of Shonda Minnifield
• Siblings are Shania Lyvers and Shylah Lyvers
• Uncle, Frank Minnifield, was a defensive back for the Cleveland Browns from 1984-92 and was a four-time pro-bowler; cousin, Chase Minnifield, played for the Washington Football Team from 2012-14
• Major is undeclared

Dekel Says
• His nickname is “Kel”
• He chose Kentucky because it felt like home
• His dream job is to own his own gym and be a personal trainer
• One word to describe him on the field is “unpredictable”
• Besides football, he’s also good at drumming, basketball and soccer

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