One last time

MYRTLE BEACH - This Clemson commitment is one of two future Tigers on hand this week at the annual North-South All-Star game.

WR Joe Craig Profile

Gaffney wide receiver Joe Craig is looking forward to representing his high school one more time this Saturday when he suits up in the SCADA North-South All-Star Football Game.

The Clemson commitment is joined by an impressive roster of teammates and opponents in Saturday's game, including fellow Clemson commit Ricky Chaney, who's playing on the South team.

"It's good that you get to play on the team with these guys and then later on in life you get to tell your kids you played on the same team as people like Brandon Willis (Byrnes HS, Tennessee commit) and Chas Dodd (Byrnes HS, Rutgers)," Craig told Thursday afternoon. "We've got a good team, the South's got a good team, and it is going to be a long game Saturday."

Catching passes from three different quarterbacks this week, Craig said they've been the most impressive players on his team.

Gaffney wide receiver Joe Craig is one of three wide receivers the Tigers are expected to sign in the 2010 recruiting class. (Hale McGranahan)
"Chas, Jake Lambert (Woodruff HS) and Drake Thomason (Eastside HS, South Carolina baseball) they've all been the best ones out here this week," he said.

Craig battled a pair of injuries this season. He tweaked a groin and suffered a broken hand.

"I stepped up as a leader. Coach said that's the best thing that I did- step up as a leader and lead the team," he said.

This fall, he'll bring that leadership to Tigertown, where he hopes to make an early impact. Recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott and Craig talk regularly.

"He's been telling me it's going to be good to have me, Martavis Bryant and DeAndre Hopkins," Craig said.

"I hope I'm looking at early playing time, even if I just get on as a kick returner. That's good enough for me."

CUTigers also learned that Craig and Bryant have recently talked about what numbers they'd like to wear for the Tigers.

"He was telling me that he wanted to wear No. 1…I want a single digit number. If Willy Korn really leaves, I'm going to get No. 3, like I had in high school," Craig said.

Saturday's game will be played at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium at Myrtle Beach High School. rates Craig as a three star prospect and the No. 69 rated wide receiver for the class of 2010. Top Stories