Craddock Leaves EMCC

North Carolina 2007 signee Albert Craddock left Scooba (Miss.) East Mississippi Community College last month because of a serious illness in his immediate family. The move creates additional obstacles in his potential road to UNC.

"His father was really sick and he just chose to go home," East Mississippi assistant coach Williams Jones said. "… With his father[‘s situation], he just wanted to be closer to home.

"His father was sick during the spring and all through summer and Albert didn't know any of that because his mom didn't want me to tell him, because she wanted him to concentrate on school… [Craddock's father] is in bad shape and Albert is real close to his dad."

Craddock, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound linebacker, enrolled at Pearl River Community College last fall after he failed to qualify. Following the 2007 season, Craddock followed Pearl River assistant coaches Buddy Stephens and Jones to East Mississippi.

Craddock, who sit out the 2007 at Pearl River, saw limited action in East Mississippi's season opener before he left campus.

Having returned home to High Point, N.C., he will in all likelihood now sit out his second consecutive football season.

A Division II qualifier, Craddock is looking at enrolling at Catawba College, which is 30 minutes from his home, for the spring semester.

"Right now we're waiting to hear back from the coach from Catawba," Inell Craddock, Albert's mother, said. "…As a matter of fact, he just got his official transcripts and his official withdraw. I think he got that last week. He said he's going to take this and look over it to be sure everything is straight to get him in and transfer his credits."

Craddock is also considering finishing up his associates degree at a local community college. Graduating from a community college would make him a Division I qualifier. However, Craddock, who would have graduated from East Mississippi in the spring, now won't have enough credit hours to graduate until after the summer or fall semesters.

"I encouraged him to stay [at East Mississippi] at least through the end of the fall and then he could go home and finish the last semester at home at a JuCo at home and he could go on to North Carolina in the summer," Jones said. "…We didn't want him to leave. We begged him to stay, but he wanted to go home."

Using the 2007 season as his red-shirt year, Craddock will head into the 2009 season with three years of eligibility remaining.

Craddock's intention is still to end up at UNC, his mother said. However, not seeing significant game action since November 2006 and the postponement of his graduation clouds his potential future in Chapel Hill.

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