Craddock's Path Taking Shape

Albert Craddock's path to North Carolina, while complicated, is beginning to take shape. If all goes according to plan, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound linebacker will enroll at UNC for the 2009 spring semester and have three years of eligibility remaining.

Craddock signed a National Letter of Intent in February with UNC coming out of High Point (N.C.) Southwest Guilford. However, he failed to pass the NCAA Clearinghouse.

He is enrolled at Popularville (Miss.) Pearl River Community College this fall as a non-scholarship student. This January he will be put on a football scholarship and will remain on scholarship for the rest of his stay at PRCC.

"He's got to pay his own way," said Tim Hatten, PRCC head football coach. "He's just in JuCo… This happened kind of late. I got the phone call and I told him if he wanted to go to school we'll have a scholarship available in January, but he'll be on his own dime until then."

Craddock is therefore not on Pearl River's nationally ranked football team and therefore cannot train or practice with the team this season.

"We can't practice scholarship players that aren't [currently on scholarship]," said Hatten. "We only get eight [scholarships each semester] – that's all we get. A lot of places you can practice them, but in Mississippi you can't do it."

Craddock will be a member of Pearl River's football team for the 2008 season.

If he sufficiently improves his academic standing by next December, Craddock will be eligible to enroll at UNC in January 2009. If that happens, the 2007 season will count as a red-shirt year and Craddock will join the Tar Heels with three years of playing eligibility remaining.

"That's what [UNC] wants to happen – in a perfect world," said Hatten.

If not, Craddock will remain at PRCC and play the 2009 season there, then enrolling at UNC in January 2010 with two years of eligibility left.

"It's a good route for some of those non-qualifiers to take, because now if they don't make it out by December [of next season], then they can still play another year if they needed to graduate," said Hatten.

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