Tampa, Fla.--One of the top wide receiver prospect in the country, former Auburn commitment Nate Craig was back on campus over the weekend for his official visit to check out the Tigers along with his brother and cornerback prospect Jayvaughn Myers. Spending time with the coaching staff as well as the other guys on visits, Craig said being back on the Plains had a good feeling for him.
“It felt good to come back,” Craig said. “I haven’t been up there in like a year or so. Just really coming back up there and touching base and being able to sit down with the coaches on an official visit is more confidential because you get one-on-one time with the coaches.”
Sitting down with Gus Malzahn, Rhett Lashlee and Dameyune Craig, the prospect said they talked to him about their need areas at the position and where he fits in with their plans, something he said was good to hear.
Already with Kyle Davis on campus and two other wide receivers Elijah Stove and Marquis McClain on board, Craig said for him the numbers don’t matter because he knows the Tigers need playmakers beginning next season.
“They just wanted me to feel comfortable,” Craig said. “They just wanted me to get around the guys and get a feel for them because that’s who I would be around most of the time. They were basically telling me I’m at top of the list of guys that they need and I could be one of the marquee guys that plays right away.”
Craig said he’s especially excited about the possibility of playing with Davis down the road. The prospect of having those two physical receivers together is something he likes.
“Me and Kyle, we call each other the one-two punch,” Craig said. “That’s my guy. We talk a lot. He tells me to come to Auburn so we could start something.”
With the quarterback situation a big question mark last season, Craig said he talked with Malzahn about the addition of junior college standout John Franklin and he likes what he hears about the former Florida State Seminole.
“He told me that he likes John a lot and that he does a lot of good things,” Craig said. “He can throw the ball, he can sling it. He’s got a tight throw and he’s quick on his feet, he’s a 4.3 (40-yard dash) guy.
“When you have a dual-threat quarterback cornerbacks have to do their job,” he added. “They have to play receivers but they can only hold you for so long. A quarterback that can keep his feet and keep the play alive would definitely open up some big plays.”
While North Carolina is considered another of the favorites for Craig with Florida State in the mix, Ole Miss may be a team to watch with the Rebels getting the last visit before signing day. Craig plans to visit the Rebels on his final official visit before making his decision on National Signing Day.
“I just like what they’re doing with the receivers,” Craig said. “With Laquon Treadwell and Donte Moncrief and Cody Core, they put guys in the league. Laquon and Cody, they have a good plan for those guys to get into the league as well.”
In the end Craig said he’s looking for a comfortable environment for his future home and that’s going to be a big part of the decision-making process for him.
“Being able to come up and just be able to talk to anybody about anything,” he said of what he’s looking for in his college choice. “I’m also looking for the chance to come in and compete for a job. It’s really just where my heart is at, when I step foot on campus do I really feel like I could be here.
“That’s the one thing good about Auburn and one of the pros in this situation,” he added. “You go up there and nothing ever changes, it’s always the same. Even when I de-committed and came back it still felt like I was part of the family.”