Jackson Cravens recently received a bit of news he had been anticipating for about a year, making this spring evaluation period a successful one thus far.
The three-star defensive tackle from Provo (Utah) Timpview picked up a scholarship offer from Washington and, given that longstanding relationship with the staff, Cravens told Scout.com the Huskies are definitely among his top contenders.
"I feel really good about the offer because I've been talking to Washington for about a year now," Cravens said. "I went through the process and they finally offered, so I'm really excited because I've been wanting that one.
"They've told me they like me at 3 technique along their line. They think I'm athletic enough to rush, but also can stop the run from that spot. I've never been out to Seattle but I've heard nothing but good things. Of course, they're on the come up and last year was just a start of what they're going to do. Coach (Ikaika) Malloe seems like he's there for the players and wants nothing but the best for his guys. I like how he takes his time to explain things and where they'd use me. I don't know yet when, but I'm definitely planing to go on a visit there."
Cravens has the versatility to slide around to various spots, but projects best inside given his projectable frame and strength he has shown at the high school level. He uses his hands well to shed blockers and pursues the football relentlessly.
"I actually hadn't talked to Oregon State much," Cravens said. "(Monday) was the first day I'd ever heard from any of their coaches. Coach (Kevin) McGiven was the one who offered me. I would love to check it out. I've heard good things about Oregon State, too, and am really excited about the offer."
A few other programs have been showing interest in the 6-foot-3, 270-pound prospect, including UCLA.
"I think UCLA could be really close to offering," Cravens said. "Coach Angus (McClure) has been texting me for a while and he's told me he wants to see me move and run around a little bit. He wants me to head out to their camp this summer. I need to talk to my parents about it because that would be awesome. Su'a Cravens is my first cousin and most of my dad's side lives in that area, so that would be good to get out there."
As far as visits go, Cravens said he hasn't yet outlined an itinerary but hopes to do so by the end of summer. At the moment his main focus is preparing for an important senior season at Timpview.
"I'm planning on making my decision on National Signing Day most likely," Cravens said. "Utah, Boise State, Michigan State, Washington and Vanderbilt -- they're always pushing it and staying in touch with me, so I'm thinking about those visits in the future."
Cravens was credited with 13 sacks and 20 tackles for a loss on his way to being named the Utah 4A Defensive Player of the Year and earning first-team all-state honors as a junior last season.