Cravens a veteran of the process

Su'a Cravens is a very seasoned young man when it comes to the recruiting process, considering he received his first offer when he was a freshman. GBW chatted with him about how he has handled the attention coming his way, what team will automatically obtain one of his five official visits and why is he so familiar with the Michigan coaching staff.

Receiving a college scholarship to play football is the ultimate -- when talking to recruits it is the culmination of all the hard work they have put in. Well what happens when you get a scholarship when you are a freshman? The first thing it does is puts you into the recruiting process early; secondly you have to have people around you to keep you grounded. For Su'a Cravens all the above happened and he is handling it well.

"Hawaii was the first school to offer me when I was a freshman," he told GoBlueWolverine. "It could have been overwhelming but having family helped me with it. My brother Siaki helped prepare me for this he went through it before me. He said I would be better than he was, and I needed to be prepared and responsible for what is ahead. I understand the process, it is a business, so I have to make sure I take my time with this."

During this recruiting progression Cravens has had the chance to forge a few relationships along the way, and he remembers those that started courting him early. Su'a was happy that one staff stayed in touch with him and he has rewarded them well for it.

"I was excited when I received the Michigan offer. Coach Brady Hoke has been recruiting me since he was at San Diego State. I am familiar with them, and Michigan will be one of my official visits in the fall."

With Su'a showing Michigan so much love you have to wonder just how much does he know about them and the program?

"I had a chance to watch them play against Ohio State and I like their style of play. The defense is athletic and can move. The defensive backs come up and stop the run, they are not afraid to come up and hit. Coach Hoke knows what to do with the athletes he recruits. I have also had a chance to see Shoelace play -- I like the way he plays -- and Junior Hemingway is a playmaker on offense."

Cravens is a player that likes to get after it on the football field. Scout.com recruiting analyst Greg Biggins talks about the typeof player Cravens is.

"I think he is the best linebacker in the West, slightly (over Michael Hutchings from De La Salle who also has a Michigan offer). He is a versatile and explosive athlete. He has more of a motor out on the field and could play safety, rover or outside linebacker."

Su'a is a much focused young man on what he is trying to accomplish, and although he grew up a USC fan that is not necessarily the place for him.


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