2016 5-Star WR Has Auburn No. 1

5-star wide receiver Nate Craig discusses why Auburn is number one on his list and talks about why he may be close to a decision.

Tampa, Fla.--Already a five-star prospect for the 2016 recruiting class, 6-3, 205 wide receiver Nate Craig is considered one of the best players in the country regardless of position and still have two years of high school left to play at Tampa Catholic. Already with offers from all over the nation, Craig took a trip to Auburn on Saturday to check out the Tigers and came away very impressed by what he saw.

"I liked it," Craig said. "It was very interesting. The fans are amazing and the players welcomed me with open arms.

"Right now Auburn would be number one," he added. "Since I visited today and yesterday it opened my eyes a lot to see what all they have to offer. Watching them throw the ball today and meeting with Coach (Gus) Malzahn, he's a very nice guy. They care about their players a lot."

One of the biggest question marks many wide receivers have had with Auburn's offense was a lack of production in the passing game in 2013. With Nick Marshall back following a year of playing time under his belt and a lot of receivers to throw to, Auburn aired the ball out in Saturday's A-Day game and that was huge for Craig to see.

"I saw early on they went deep and throughout the game they were running deep balls and more of the short passes too," Craig said. "I feel like they put the ball in the playmakers' hands.

"I love what they are doing," he added. "It fits my playing style. I like all the trick plays and how they have all the swagger. That's me."

Spending time with another Craig, Auburn wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig, the talented young receiver said he has a great relationship with the guy who could be his future position coach.

"When I got offered he was the first person I talked to," Craig said of the former quarterback. "Ever since then we just built a bond. We've got the same last name so we call each other cousins."

Saying that he may want to make an early decision and get it out of the way, Craig said that Auburn is the team to beat the moment with several more schools just behind the Tigers.

"Number two would be Ohio State," Craig said. "Number three would be Clemson. Four would be Tennessee. Five would be Florida State, and so forth.

"I'm trying to get it over as soon as possible," he added. "Probably this summer I'll make a decision. I always felt like if you're going to commit somewhere make sure you're solid. You want to take your time and make the right choice, so when I make that decision that's where I'm going."


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