Obtaining the goal of a conference title, Cravens saw a promising season filled with small setbacks along the way. An injury that nagged him from week two until the end of the season along with the Elks coming up short in making the Ohio Region Four Division One playoffs despite an 8-2 record only fueled the fire that burns within. But despite these setbacks many feel the talented junior had a nice season posting 655 yards rushing on 133 carries while sharing the load with Taneareus Collins, Will Johnson and David Fleming in the Elks offensive attack.
While Cravens shows the ability to carry the ball he also shows the ability to use his physical skills and deliver devastating blocks when called upon. This skill makes Cravens a prospect college coaches will need to watch as he could project into a fullback on the offensive side of the football. While he's sure to post even better numbers during his senior season some college coaches may look at his athletic ability and project him on the defensive side of the football as a safety or linebacker.
On film and in person it's easy to see James Cravens is a tough physical player with the ability to play at the next level. Scout.com spoke with the Centerville running back and learned at this time the following programs have been showing interest.
"I've been hearing from Pittsburgh, Illinois, Purdue, Louisville, Ohio, Vanderbilt, Penn, UConn, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana. I was invited and attended Junior Day at Cincinnati and plan on attending one at Toledo."
At this time James Cravens is looking to attend the Scout.com combine in April as well as camps at Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. He's also working on plans for other camps he hopes to attend before the summer camp season ends.
Scout.com will continue to follow James (Jay) Cravens during the recruiting process.
To view James Cravens highlight clips click on the following links. The first one is of James blocking while the second one shows him running the ball.
James Cravens Blocking:
James Cravens Running: