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Dallas Craddieth still high on Huskers
Targeting defensive backs has been an emphasis in Nebraska’s 2018 recruiting class and 3-star safety Dallas Craddieth has been an amenable recipient of that attention.
Craddieth, who attends Hazelwood Central (Florissant, Mo.) High School, has the Huskers in his top six and spoke with Land of 10 about the school. Special teams coach Scott Booker is the point man in Craddieth’s recruitment and he reaches out the most, Craddieth said. The pair speak about once or twice a week, Craddieth estimates.
“I know a little about [Nebraska’s] national titles they’ve won back in the day, and that they’re just trying to get back to winning championships,” Craddieth told Land of 10.
According to 247Sports’ composite, Craddieth is the eighth-ranked player in Missouri, which is a priority state for Nebraska, and the No. 41 safety in the country. Nebraska has come on pretty strong with Craddieth. He said talks with the school have heated up over the last three months, but he’s been in contact with the Cornhuskers since his sophomore year.
The other teams that made the cut when Craddieth announced his top six were Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Vanderbilt and Indiana. Compared to his contact with Nebraska, Craddieth “sometimes” hears more from Illinois and Indiana, he admitted.
— Dallas Craddieth™ (@D_Cradd5) September 4, 2017
Obviously, the bulk of those schools are located in the Midwest. That’s not necessarily because Craddieth wants to stay close to home, he said.
“Those were just the schools that showed me the most interest,” he said.
Craddieth will take one of his official visits to Nebraska, he said, but no date has been set. His expectations for the visit are going to be high, but simple at the same time.
“I just want to go and visit to see how it feels to actually be on campus and be the focus of the coaches while I’m there,” he said.
When we spoke last week, he expressed a desire to use all of his official visits to help sort through his decision. He hasn’t gone on any official visits yet because his high school team played primarily on Saturdays. Craddieth’s team lost in the playoffs last Saturday, meaning he’ll now have time to take those visits.
Craddieth said he can play both safety spots, and that the Cornhuskers envision him as a safety, although he also was a talented receiver in high school. Craddieth hauled in 5 interceptions this season, according to STLToday.
Watch Craddieth’s junior-season highlight reel below:
“Athletic, pretty versatile,” Craddieth said after I asked him to describe his playing style and strengths. “Good tackler, and I think I take good angles to make tackles.”
Craddieth received an offer from Louisville on Friday, and it will be interesting to see how that factors into his decision-making process.
Blessed to receive an offer from the University of Louisville pic.twitter.com/AZ2hrBf0Yv
— Dallas Craddieth™ (@D_Cradd5) November 3, 2017
“I’m excited about it,” Craddieth told InsideTheVille. “They’ve been interested for a while, just never got the chance to come and talk to me until last week. They said they need some good-tackling safeties and believe I’m a good fit.”
According to the 247Sports Crystall Ball, 60 percent of experts predict Craddieth will eventually commit to the Huskers. Craddieth said he will not be enrolling early, but hopes to announce his commitment in mid-December or early January.
Significance behind Micah Parsons‘ commitment date
Micah Parsons announced his new commitment date of Dec. 20 last week, but we haven’t really had a chance to discuss it here. Of course, Dec. 20 is the first day of the new early-signing period. To me, that indicates the 5-star defensive end will likely commit and then sign on the same day in some sort of ceremony.
There probably will be a table with a few hats in front of him — perhaps even a red N on one — and he’ll place one on his head and everyone present will be happy. But what’s important here is that Parsons’ recruitment is a wrap once all of that happens — no more speculation, predictions, etc.
My commitment is December 20th all glory to god 🤞
— BLESSEDMVP (@Micah_parsons23) October 31, 2017
It was thought that the one-time Penn State commit would announce his new commitment in early November, but he decided to push back the decision. Parsons is the No. 5 overall recruit in the nation, according to 247Sports, and took an official visit to Nebraska on Oct. 7 for the Wisconsin game.
There’s a good chance Parsons will pick someone other than the Huskers. But on Dec. 20, we’ll finally know once and for all. Then it will be case closed.
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