Craft talks football season, future

Junior Craigmont quarterback Samuel Craft's season ended last Friday in a 49-42 shootout loss to Ridgeway. His mind, however, was more on the future.

Junior Craigmont quarterback Samuel Craft's season ended last Friday in a 49-42 shootout loss to Ridgeway. His mind, however, was more on the future.

"We had a real good season and the No. 1 offense in the city," Craft said. "We had a young team, and we've got a lot of kids coming back. We've got good talent."

Craft, who helped the Chiefs to their first playoff appearance in nine years last season, is a key part of Craigmont's offense. The 5-foot-10 quarterback has received an offer from Memphis and gauged interest from Mississippi State, Arkansas State, and Georgia.

Craft is also a stellar basketball player and led the Chiefs to a state championship last year. He's received offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Tulsa, Wichita State and Missouri State as a point guard.

Craft said he's still undecided about what sport he'll play in college, but he's drawing closer to a decision.

"I know at my height, (playing quarterback) would be kind of hard, so I know I'd probably move to a corner(back) or slot receiver," Craft said. "If I choose to play football, I'll know coming into it that there's not a guaranteed position you'll play. If I play basketball, I know what position I'll play: point guard."

He said knowing his position on the basketball court has helped him in the decision-making process.

"I know, being a 6-foot, 5-foot-11 point guard, I can play," Craft said. "Being a 6-foot quarterback, it's just hard at the Division I level."

Although his father, Ray Craft, played football for Memphis in the late 1980s, Sam Craft said dad isn't putting any pressure on him.

"He wants what's best for me as well," Craft said. "We sit down and talk about it a lot. He's going to help me with my decision. He's not going to force me to do anything I don't want to do."

Craft's teammates participated in a jamboree at Millington High School and scrimmaged against ECS and White Station. Craft sat out due to playing in a playoff football game Friday night, but said he liked what he saw from his team.

"We've got a good chance this year," Craft said. "People are going to play hard, because they know we can beat them. We have a target on our back. We're trying to defend our title."


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