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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Recruiting process heats up for Cravens

By Sean Ceglinsky

LOS ANGELES -- The football season ended for Su'a Cravens from Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta in early December. That, however, does not mean the gridiron goings on for the highly-touted 2013 prospect have come to a complete standstill.

The buzz is just getting started, in fact.

The recruiting process had not subsided for Cravens since the beginning of the new calendar year as Division I colleges from all over the country remain in constant contact with the 6-foot-1, 205-plus pound junior safety who has more than 25 offers.

“In some cases the hype can be bad, but overall, I think Su'a has a good problem on his hands with the whole recruiting process,'' Vista Murrieta coach Coley Candaele said. “There are times when he has to turn his phone off because of all the calls he receives on a weekly and daily basis. When it comes to talking to people, he's on a strict schedule now.''

Powerhouse programs such as Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma are among those interested in his services. To somewhat of a lesser extent, Arkansas, Clemson, Nebraska and Wisconsin are in the hunt for a Cravens' pledge.

A bit closer to home, seemingly every Pac-12 Conference school around has put a scholarship offer on the table for him. Nearby UCLA and USC would like nothing more than for Cravens to offer up an all-important, yet elusive to this point commitment.

"I don't have any top teams right now, there is no team ahead of any other one,'' Cravens said. “Really, I'm not worried about making a decision soon.''

In the meantime, he's expected to explore his options.

Cravens recently attended junior day at UCLA. Plans are in the works for visits to Michigan and Nebraska in the near future. Ohio State is next on the list.

“I had some coaches calling me in the past about Su'a after his sophomore season, they apparently saw something that they liked, something special during early evaluations,'' Candaele said. “Those guys are good at their jobs, there's no question about that fact.

“I don't see things slowing down for Su'a any time soon. Things are about as busy as they can get. We're talking about an elite-level type of kid. Whether it's emails, texts, or on Facebook, it doesn't ever stop. We try to tell him to take a step back and enjoy life.''

Easier said than done, apparently. Especially with the recruiting process reaching a fevered pitch for Cravens over the course of the past couple of months.

Sean Ceglinsky covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.