Former Alabama commit likes Louisville

Josh Cragin isn't like most junior college prospects. Cragin, originally from Fort Walton, Florida, enrolled as an academic qualifier at Arizona Western College after things fell through at Alabama. Now, the 6'2, 215-pound linebacker is looking for some offers.

Josh Cragin isn't like most junior college prospects. Cragin, originally from Fort Walton, Florida, enrolled as an academic qualifier at Arizona Western College after things fell through at Alabama. Now, the 6'2, 215-pound linebacker is looking for some offers.

Cragin, who had 4.55 speed, had 111 tackles at Choctawhatchee High last season. He verbally committed to Alabama last year. But things fell through with the Crimson Tide when Mike Shula was replaced by Nick Saban.

Rather than signing with a lower level Division II or III school, Cragin headed west to Yuma, Arizona this fall in hopes of building a resume that would attract a few big time scholarship offers.

"I was an early verbal commit to Alabama and then when they changed coaches everything got messed up," Cragin said. "Everything went downhill from there. That's how I got here. It was either go Division II or Division III had I stay there or go to junior college and be able to transfer after this semester."

Cragin's recruitment is in the early stages. He's having a solid season despite moving from safety, the position he played in high school, to outside linebacker this season. Though he has no scholarship offers currently, Louisiana-Lafayette is interested. Cragin also has strong interest in Louisville.

"I like Louisville," Cragin said. "They've got a nice little swagger going for them."

"I was talking to Lafayette the other day. So they've been calling me," Cragin added. "But I really haven't started my recruitment yet because I'm still trying to get some more footage on my tape. Hopefully, I'll be able to leave here in December. I'm from Florida and I'm all the way out here in Arizona and I'm trying to leave Arizona."

Cragin has more than 50 tackles so far this season and likely projects as an outside linebacker at the next level.

"I'm playing linebacker but I played safety in high school," Cragin said. "It was a new thing for me when I got here and I had to adjust to the differences of the position. I'm doing well. I've picked it up pretty quickly. The only real difference is just my reaction time. I'm still working on that a lot because at safety the first two steps are back and now everything here is downhill."


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