“I had seen other peoples’ Junior Days when they got to try on the jerseys,” Craddieth said. “So I was looking forward to that.”
For the record, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder picked the all-white Missouri jersey with grey numbers. He wore the No. 15.
Craddieth will have to wait a few years to do it for real, however.
The Class of 2018 athlete — he could end up playing wide receiver or defensive back at the next level and said he doesn’t have a preference — received a scholarship offer from the Tigers almost a year ago and had been to campus for the 2015 spring game and for camp in the summer.
This trip was different, though, as he got to see more.
“It was a good experience,” Craddieth said. “It was my first time going to a Junior Day. I got to look at the facilities and how they take care of their players and what they do for players who do good in the classroom. That was the highlight of the day right there, how they put you on the wall when when you do good in class.”
Craddieth, who has drawn some early recruiting attention from top programs, won’t have to wait very long to experience his second Junior Day.
The sophomore is expected, along with some of the other top classmates in the St. Louis area, to visit a Big Ten Conference program this weekend.
“I’m going to Iowa this Sunday,” Craddieth said.
The Hazelwood Central sophomore said he will attend the Nike Football The Opening regional in Columbus, Ohio, on May 14.