Sleepless in Gaffney

Joe Craig has been a busy man the past couple of weeks and it's not just because he's playing safety and wide receiver at Gaffney HS.

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His sister just had a niece, making Craig an uncle for a third time.

"I haven't been getting a lot of sleep lately," he said. "It makes you feel like you're old (with those kids running around)."

Somewhat untimely for him to start wearing full pads at practice; Craig has already had enough wear and tear being up at the hospital. But the excitement of pulling on the pads overcame his fatigue during the Oklahoma drill on Wednesday.

"We've all been anxious to get the pads on. (Wednesday) was our first day with them on. The offense has been talking junk to the defense and the defense has been talking junk to offense, we were all ready," he said.

All the anticipation and work from this summer will be put to its first test on Friday when Gaffney takes on Greer in the Indians' first scrimmage. Craig speaks with high expectations for 2010.

"Everybody has been getting after it. This might be the year we win state, you never know," he said.


Craig is ranked with three stars as the No. 70 wide receiver prospect in the country. At 6-0, 160-pounds, he's has clocked in a 40 time of 4.32.
Confident words from a an athlete who's rival down I-85 also happens to be one of the best teams in the country. But as long as he's been at Gaffney, Byrnes has been used as motivation during the summers.

"It's probably one of the most anticipated games of the year," Craig said. "When we're in the weight room, coaches ask if Byrnes is doing this or that. They use Byrnes to make us work harder."

Craig is ranked with three stars as the No. 70 wide receiver prospect in the country. At 6-0, 160-pounds, he's has clocked in a 40 time of 4.32. Last season he caught 17 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns. On 86 carries, he also rushed for 405 yards and seven touchdowns.

Expecting to play football and run track, Craig will be on campus soon to check out both programs. Since his commitment in March, Craig said he's had occasional contact from coaches at Georgia and South Carolina.

"They told me they're going to respect my commitment, but said if I ever change my mind to contact them," he said. "That's not happening."

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