Track star eyes Clemson visit

Clemson's losing one track-running wide receiver in Jacoby Ford and gaining another in the 2010 recruiting class.

WR Joe Craig Profile

Gaffney High School wide receiver Joe Craig was one of the early commits to the 2010 Clemson recruiting class, making his decision last March, not long after picking up his first and only offer.

A visit last weekend would have been preferable, but he had had a SAT workshop scheduled on Saturday. He's scheduled to take the test on Jan. 23.

When Craig enrolls at Clemson, he'll run track for the Tigers too. Dedicated to his work on the track, he began conditioning for his senior season a day after Gaffney lost to eventual Division I state champion Dorman in the semi-finals.

"I just want to break the state record this year in the 100," Craig said. "I want to hit the nine. We just started the conditioning other day and I ran a 10.4"

He ranks first among all seniors in the state in the 100m, according to SCRUNNERS.COM with a mark of 10.57.

This weekend, he will make go on his only official visit. Craig told CUTigers that he's excited to get back around his future teammates.

"I'm just trying to have since I've been around the whole campus and everything. One of my old track team members is down there. I'm trying to see him and chill with some of the players, get used to them," he said. "I might as well go down there and make a bond with some of the players, so I won't feel left out next year when I go."

From the same hometown as Minnesota Viking and former South Carolina wide receiver as Sidney Rice, Craig's received words of wisdom from Brett Favre's favorite target, even when he told Rice that he was considering make his commitment to Clemson.

"Before I committed, I was telling him that I was looking at both South Carolina and Clemson," Craig said. "He said, ‘It's a good thing to go to South Carolina, but it's also a good thing to go to Clemson, because both of them are D-1.' He was telling me as long as I make it out."

Rice also told him about becoming a household name in the NFL, "Anybody can do it, if you put your mind to it."

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