LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The walls of Su’a Cravens’ family garage-turned weight room were lined with letters from nearly every college program across the country. It was a three dimensional exhibit of what most of us only hear about: the hundreds upon hundreds of letters the nation’s top recruits receive from schools trying to attract their talents.
Cravens is Scout.com’s top-ranked safety in the nation, making the display seem a bit more reasonable but nonetheless impressive.
It was inside those decorated walls that Cravens, surrounded by family and friends, announced his verbal commitment to USC on June 7.
“I always wanted to be a Trojan growing up. That was my dream school,” Cravens said at his announcement. “USC has everything I could want in a program.”
The Vista Murrieta (Calif.) standout played nearly every position this season, including defensive back, linebacker, receiver, and running back. He earned Gatorade State Player of the Year in California and was named an Army All-American.
The only official visit Cravens took during his recruitment was to USC.
He is one of seven 2013 USC commits to enroll early Troy He arrived on campus Jan. 10 and started classes Jan. 14. The five-star recruit is expected to make an immediate impact on the field for the Trojans.
Greg Biggins on Su’a Cravens:
Cravens does everything well and is the most versatile player in the West region. He can run, hit and cover and his football instincts are about as good as any player I’ve seen in the last five years. He just doesn’t play the game, he thinks it and his ability to read/react and decipher a play and then finish it is off the charts. Cravens plays linebacker but will move to safety in college. He’ll want to improve his overall speed and range to make a smooth adjustment to playing in the secondary, but there’s no reason to think he can’t. He’s already proven it during the 7-on-7 circuit over the summer.