Dallas Crescenzo is one of the best players from the Tampa, FL area in the Class of 2027.
The 4-foot-8, 87-pound Crescenzo, who attends Hammond Elementary, is a versatile player that works as a defensive end and cornerback.
Crescenzo has played for the Westchase Colts during his outstanding youth football career.
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Crescenzo also runs AAU track for the Westchase Cheetahs and was a part of the 3rd-4th grade national flag football championship team.
Crescenzo has earned plenty of recognition during his career, such as being an All-Star for in the TBYFL and being nationally ranked in AAU track in the 1500 and 800 meter races.
Crescenzo is humbled by the opportunities.
“All of the awards mean so much to me because it helps bring out the best in me,” Crescenzo said. “It was fun and exciting to participate in the all star event with the other amazing athletes.”
No matter the opponent, on each snap Crescenzo is determined to give it his all.
Crescenzo is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Crescenzo steps between the lines.
“My mindset on defense when I am playing corner is to lock down the wide receiver and not let him get in the endzone,” Crescenzo said. “I want to make my opponent have to grind out there.”
Crescenzo has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the field. Crescenzo tells why he enjoys football so much.
“I love the competition and excitement of football very much,” Crescenzo said. “Football is a great sport. I like being able to make big plays and having my family go wild for me in the bleachers.”
Crescenzo has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Playing football has taught me how to be a leader and have discipline in my life,” Crescenzo said. “Football is something that makes you realize how important it is to work hard and never give up on anything.”
Crescenzo recalls his favorite sports memory.
“My favorite football memory was winning the Pop Warner championship last year. It made me feel so excited,” Crescenzo said. “It was such a special moment with my teammates that I’ll never forget.”
Travis Hall has coached Crescenzo for three years for the Westchase Colts.
Hall explains the best parts of Crescenzo’s game.
“At defensive end, he is a relentless player his motor never stops running,” Hall said. “Dallas is very coachable and has a solid football foundation. His technique is great and he is a disciplined player regarding his assignments.”
Crescenzo takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Crescenzo makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I demonstrate being a good teammate by always helping the other kids in every way I can,” Crescenzo said. “The best advice I give my teammates is to never give up and always work hard no matter what the score.”
Hall adds that Crescenzo is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“Dallas shows leadership by example. Dallas is not a vocal player but he is well respected because of his desire,” Hall said. “That type of attitude makes everyone want to follow his lead.”
Crescenzo is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“My coaches have helped make me a better player and person,” Crescenzo said. “They make sure I always work hard and give it my all no matter what.”
Hall is an advocate of Crescenzo’s capabilities.
“I cannot narrow it down to one play specifically because Dallas is a consistent player that knows his assignment. He follows through on his assignments and can be counted on by his teammates to always be in the right place on the field,” Hall said. “Dallas was an instrumental part of our 2017 Pop Warner Championship team with his consistent play throughout the season. Dallas' performance doesn't always show up on the stat sheet, but when the film is on Dallas is always around the ball.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Crescenzo also has a high level of football IQ as well.
Crescenzo has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“Dallas is a smart young man with great football instincts. His football IQ is above average in comparison to players his age,” Hall said. “Dallas is a thinker on the field and uses his instincts along with his athletic ability to make plays.”
Crescenzo is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“Dallas has a tremendous work ethic. He is a sprinter/mid-distance runner for a local track team which helps with is speed and endurance. Dallas also competes in Cross-Fit competitions for strength training,” Hall said. “In addition, his competitive nature, knowledge of the game, and desire to work tirelessly allows him to compete at a high level play after play.”
Hall explains why he compares Crescenzo to these players.
“I compare Dallas to Lyle Alzado and Howie Long because he is a throwback player in every sense of the word,” Hall said. “Dallas is a physical and competitive player that is not afraid to hit someone upside the head.
Meanwhile, Crescenzo patterns his play after this Pro Bowl wide receiver.
“I look up to Antonio Brown because of my playmaking ability,” Crescenzo said. “He is always working to get better.”
Crescenzo is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“On and off the field I want to help others and be my best,” Crescenzo said. “I want to make my family proud of me in all that I do.”
Before the pros, Crescenzo dreams of being the next great college star at Clemson.
“They have an awesome atmosphere and a great team,” Crescenzo said. “I would love to play for Dabo Swinney.”
Crescenzo lists math as his favorite subject in school.
“It’s something you need in the real world,” Crescenzo said. “Math is everywhere you look so it’s important to understand it.”
Hall outlines the next areas of improvement for Crescenzo.
“One area of improvement is film study. I am working with Dallas to show him how to slow the game down with film study and game like situations in practice. Part of our practice plan each week consist of running scripted plays from our opponents previous games,” Hall said. “As a coach, I am dedicated to teaching fundamentals. I remind Dallas that the game is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical.”
Hall believes the sky is the limit as long as Crescenzo continues to stay hungry.
“I feel Dallas has endless potential that will take him as far as he wants to go in football. I feel his desire to be coached will help him reach his full potential,” Hall said. “As Dallas continues to grow into a student of the game, he will become a Division I player.”
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