North Carolina’s Dakota Twitty was named part of Youth1’s Freshman450 for an obvious reason: The young man is a major game changer at wide receiver and plays above and beyond his current level. He is already receiving offers from Division 1 schools and garnering interest from recruiting sites. As a freshman last season, Twitty played on the varsity team for Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy High School in Mooresboro, N.C., and had 34 receptions, 404 yards and five touchdowns.
“My favorite part is the thrill that you get when you make a good play,” the 2022 athlete said. “[And] the best part is catching a pass over the opponent.”
He should know—Twitty now stands at 6’3” and is 200 lbs. He’s a tall, fast (a 4.6 40) and powerfully built receiver with dependable hands who can win most matchups, even when he’s well-covered. With his speed and size, he creates a major mismatch when going against high-school level defensive backs. Those reasons are why he’s starting to gain interest nationally.
Twitty also plays defensive back, which he enjoys, as well.
“The best part about DB is when you clamp up a really good receiver,” he said. He also uses his strength and size to stop a runner in his tracks and take him down.
While he enjoys making big plays or shutting down his opponents, Twitty employs his talent for the greater good of the team.
“I try to be there for my teammates,” Twitty noted. “Whether in a good or bad situation, one player can change the attitude of the team.
“The best advice I could give is ‘Forget about the last play and give 100 percent on the next play,’” he added.
Twitty has already received an offer from University of Louisville and has drawn serious interest from the University of Pittsburgh. He has also made visits to Virginia Tech, Duke and the University of North Carolina. In June, he attended the inaugural Mack Brown Showtime Camp at UNC and got the chance to meet and interact with several Tar Heels coaches, including wide receiver coach Lonnie Galloway.
““The camp part was great,” Twitty was quoted as saying. “I loved being coached by one of the greats, coach Galloway.”
In addition, Twitty is an excellent student, with a 3.9 GPA. In his Youth1 profile, Twitty lists his dream goal is becoming a sports-medicine doctor. With his high marks and strong work ethic, that goal might become a reality.
With the fall season coming up, Twitty has been focused on further improving his skill set.
“I feel like I have grown a lot in knowledge as well as skills, but I still have a long way to go,” he maintained. “I am working on getting in and out of my breaks faster and [making] smoother transitions.”
That comment alone should keep rival defensive coordinators up at night, trying to think up the best way to contain this explosive playmaker.
For more on Dakota Twitty, check out his Youth1 Player Profile -> here.
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Article written by Tom Warnick.
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