Craig On AU Trip "Feels Good To Be Back Home"

Five-star wide receiver Nate Craig discusses his five-day visit to Auburn this week, what he saw from the Tigers on the practice field and why his commitment is still very solid.

Tampa, Fla.--With Tampa Catholic High School on spring break, five-star Auburn wide receiver commitment Nate Craig made a return visit to the Plains this week for an extensive look at the Tigers. Spending parts of five days getting a better feel for the campus, town and the football coaching staff, Craig said everything about his love for Auburn was still there when he got back on campus.

“It’s always good to be able to come back to your home knowing you’ve got a lot of people there that have your back,” Craig said. “It’s just a family there. It just feels good to be back home.”

Craig’s long visit to Auburn came on the heels of an extended visit to Florida State last weekend. While he hasn’t backed away from his desire to see other schools, he said it hasn’t changed anything about his commitment in his mind.

“It’s solid,” Craig said. “It’s just always going to be people talking when you go on another school visit ‘oh, this team is in the hunt for that player.’ When I make my commitment to the team I feel like I’m sticking with it and I’m loyal to it.”

That loyalty comes partially because of his strong relationship with the coaching staff, including wide receivers Coach Dameyune Craig. Getting the opportunity to spend time with them on his trip was an important part of things Craig said because it made the bond even better.

“It’s very important because the relationship I have with them is indescribable,” Craig said. “Just to be able to talk with the coaches every day just helped me build that relationship stronger and stronger.”

Paying close attention to wide receivers Duke Williams and Ricardo Louis in his two times watching practice, Craig said he was impressed with the intensity of the entire group during the spring workouts. He was also impressed by quarterbacks Jeremy Johnson, Sean White and Tyler Queen and believes the position is in very good hands moving forward.

“It was great to see those guys competing,” Craig said. “That’s a big factor for me coming in, just finding a quarterback. I love the way they are competing and stepping up for the team.”

Nate Craig is much more physical than at this time last year.

Stepping up for his team is something Craig is anxious to do after missing essentially all of his junior year after breaking his leg early in the season opener. Taking things very slowly to make sure he comes back better than ever, Craig said he’s happy with his progress and is excited about being back on the field this spring in some 7-on-7 work.

“I feel great just being able to contribute to the team now, being able to put them on my back and step up being a leader,” Craig said. “It just feels great to be back out there.”

With plenty of time to work on his strength since early last football season, Craig has transformed his body from that of a high school receiver to looking more like a veteran college player. Currently 6-3, 216 pounds, Craig noted the added size has only helped him so far.

“I kind of feel a little bit faster,” Craig said. “I feel a little more explosive. I feel like I can get out of my cuts a lot better. I think that’s because of the workouts I have been doing. It has been helping me out.

"I think I’ll be in a terrific spot this season," he added. "As far as my size I think it’s going to help me in the fourth quarter when guys are tired. I can put the team on my back.”

Planning on returning to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend in May, Craig said he has got a message for the Auburn fans that are concerned about his commitment.

“War Eagle,” Craig said. “Let’s get this show on the road.”

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