Clemson commitment wants it all

Still firm in his commitment to Clemson, two-way standout Joe Craig is already looking forward to providing the Tigers with some electricity in 2010. And that's not all either.

Craig, of course, has already established himself as a standout football player.

But did you know he's also a standout on the track as well?

In a recent interview with, Craig said he hopes to follow in the footsteps of current Clemson wide receiver Jacoby Ford.

"He is basically a player like I am," Craig said. "He's got speed and he can do things with the ball…he's leaving, I'm coming in, I could fill in his shoes. They've got a good track team too. I want to play football and run track."

And for those wondering about his commitment, the Gaffney senior is staying true to his Tigers because of what he saw during his visit last fall.

"Everything impressed me when I was down there for the Maryland game. The fans are great, they've got a good stadium, they're making the West End Zone look better and Coach (Jeff) Scott is telling me I'm going to be a big part of the team," Craig said.

"And I'm still firm."

At the Dabo Swinney Football Camp 7-on-7 passing tournament earlier this month, Gaffney played Daniel High School and Craig's future Clemson teammate DeAndre Hopkins.

Craig, who plays defensive back, wide receiver and quarterback for the Indians, played only on the offensive side of the ball against Daniel as a slot receiver as the Lions squeaked out a one-point win.

Despite the loss, Craig took a lot away from his time spent with the Clemson coaching staff.

"They were talking about how we were going to look when [Hopkins and Craig] get to Clemson," Craig said. "They were saying we're going to be a good duo. With Martavis Bryant, we've got a good receiver class coming in."

And now with his senior season approaching, his main focus these days is bringing another state championship back to Gaffney this fall.

Although the Indian defense lost several players on the defense to graduation last year, he's leaning on his coaches to lead a run to Columbia.

"We've got a good coaching staff and we know they can make it happen. My teammates and I know that when we're under them, they're going to have a good strategy for us," Craig said.

"I'm going to do as much as I can to help us win," he said.

The 6-0, 160-pound stand out, who has clocked in a 40 time of 4.32, caught 17 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns last season. On 86 carries, he also rushed for 405 yards and seven touchdowns.

He is currently listed as a three-star prospect and rated as No. 69 wide receiver in the country by Top Stories