Tampa, Fla.--Choosing between the Auburn Tigers and North Carolina on National Signing Day, four-star wide receiver Nate Craig went with his heart and picked Gus Malzahn’s Tigers at a ceremony at Tampa Catholic High School. One of the top players in the country and a top target for Auburn at wide receiver, Craig puts the finishing touches on one of the best wide receiver groups in the country as he joins Kyle Davis, Elijah Stove and Marquis McClain to form Auburn’s version of the fearsome foursome.
While teams from all over the country tried to sway Craig in his decision-making process, in the end it was his strong bond to Auburn that made the difference. Committed to the Tigers for almost a full year before backing off that decision last summer, Craig said for him it was all about making the right choice and he knew Auburn was just that when he returned for his official visit in January.
"I would like to further my education at Auburn University," Craig said on Wednesday. "They were one of the first schools that believed in me and gave me an opportunity. When I backed off on my decommitment they still believed in me and had a strong bond. Coach (Dameyune) Craig always pushed me and that's one of the hardest coaches that has been on me. I just felt like I had a great opportunity to be at Auburn University.
"Once you decommit from some schools they'll back off, but Auburn still had a stronghold," he added. "They asked for my mom's permission to still recruit me and that's a big honor to me. I feel like I made the right decision."
Coming back from a knee injury that occurred early in his junior season, Craig had a strong final year at TC with 1,018 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns to earn Class 3A All-State honors. He also played in the Under Armour All-American Game.
The receiver said he has high goals for when he gets to Auburn. "First, my freshman year you are going to hear Freshman All-American," he said. "Then you'll hear the Biletnikoff (nation's top WR award). Then you might hear that I'm out in three years."