Craddock: 'My Decision is Already Made'

While his verbal commitment is still categorized as "soft," Albert Craddock says North Carolina is where he wants to be. Up through his senior football season, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound linebacker will continue to visit other schools.

"Basically, my commitment is already done," said Craddock. "It's a soft commitment, but basically where I want to be at is North Carolina. I'm still going to look at other schools, but there's no telling if I'm going to change my mind or anything.

"My decision is already made. My coach, he's the one that's telling me I should go look at other schools just to make sure."

Craddock, a product of High Point (N.C.) Southwest Guilford, unofficially visited Auburn and has attended a basketball camp at N.C. State where he "kind of got a look at what their school was about."

While no dates have been set, Craddock said he is looking to visit Virginia Tech, Virginia, Clemson, and Texas most likely during the football season.

Craddock, who verbally committed to North Carolina in early March, has been extended a scholarship offer by all of the aforementioned schools.

Not surprisingly, Craddock has made plenty of trips to Chapel Hill, with the most recent being the Tar Heels' camp where he just "hung out" and did not participate.

"I go down [to UNC] by myself all the time," said Craddock. "I've been there a lot. I try to stay in touch with the coaches and get used to the environment and some of the players."

Although Marvin Sanders is Craddock's primary recruiter, Craddock's contact with the coaching staff has switched over more to his position coach, Tommy Thigpen.

"Basically, [we talk] about staying focused," said Craddock. "We just talk about basically handling my books right, staying in shape, staying out of trouble, just having fun basically.

"We don't really talk about my commitment. He's not pressuring me to go to Carolina. He just wants me to succeed. He wants me to make the best decision for myself."

A four-star prospect, Craddock is the 21st-ranked linebacker in the nation by

During his junior season, Craddock earned all-county and all-conference honors for his play at both tailback and linebacker. On offense, Craddock rushed 143 times for 1,070 yards [7.4-yard average] and ten touchdowns.

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