"I had checked to make sure it is what's best for [Albert], first. I even talked to Coach ‘Thig' [Tommy Thigpen] and he said ‘Let him go.'"
The transfer won't affect Craddock's path to UNC. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound linebacker is on track to arrive in Chapel Hill this coming January for the spring '09 semester.
"If he keeps doing what he's doing now, he'll be able to leave in the spring," Inell said.
Out of High Point (N.C.) Southwest Guilford High School, Craddock signed a National Letter-of-Intent in February ‘07 with UNC. When he failed to pass the NCAA Clearinghouse he enrolled at Pearl River.
Craddock, who sat out the football season at Pearl River last fall, will play for East Mississippi this season.
"Right now, they're saying they're going to utilize him at any position needed – the same way they did when he was in high school," Craddock said. "Right now, his primary position is still linebacker, but I know they were saying something about special teams. They know he's very versatile, so they're going to use him as much as possible."
If everything goes as planned and Craddock enrolls this January, he'll have three years of eligibility remaining. His first year at Pearl River will be used as a red-shirt season.
In the meantime, UNC – specifically primary recruiter Tommy Thigpen – will continue to keep tabs on Craddock.
"He stays in contact," Inell said. "He can't talk as frequently, because he's back to the same rules as when [Albert] was in high school. From what I'm hearing, [UNC] is talking to the [East Mississippi] coaches."
Inell said that Craddock's focus remains on UNC, even though the Mississippi staff has sent feelers out.