Can Craddock Crash UT's Signing Class

You won't see Keelyn "Crash" Craddock's name among any high school all-American watch lists, but if you were choosing players for a pickup game he might be at the top of your list.

No, he's not the type of prospect that will blow you away with an array of athleticism or sparkling statistics, but he is a football player in the purest sense of the term and he competes like a superstar at four positions — running back, quarterback, defensive back and wide receiver.

As a junior, the 5-foot-101/2, 185-pounder played quarterback and defensive back at Chattanooga Tyner, earning all-city honors on both sides of the ball. He led Tyner to an 11-1 mark and the third round of the Class-AA playoffs despite missing the last two regular season games with an ankle sprain. He's a tough runner with a surprisingly strong arm, but he projects as a wide receiver or DB.

"My football coach at Tyner tells me I'm best with the ball in my hands that's why he wanted me to play quarterback," Craddock explained. "He said my primary position is receiver, but every time I get the ball I make something happen. I'm the team leader and team captain so they wanted me at quarterback to run the offense."

At UT's senior camp Craddock impressed onlookers with his ability to consistently get open and catch the ball. On defense he displayed a very physical brand of play and shutdown several highly regarded prospects. In the process, he proved quickness and strength can offset a lack of sprinter's speed.

"I was pretty pleased with my play at Tennessee's camp," Craddock said. "I was hoping to please them so they would take a good look at me. I can come up and lay some wood on you. I love wide receiver and I've got good hands."

Craddock attended the Nike Combine in Athens and reports recording a 40-time of 4.69 there. He improved on that at UT and showed good strength to go with a 32-inch vertical.

"At the Athens combine I ran a 4.69 but at Tennessee's camp on that turf I ran a 4.59 and a 4.60," he said. "At the Nike Camp I did 19 reps of 185 pounds. I've got 265 on my max last time."

One more camp is on Craddock's schedule before he devotes himself fully to his senior campaign for the Rams. He's still awaiting his first offer.

"I'm supposed to go to UGA (Georgia) on July 8th and 9th," he said. "I've been getting a bunch of letters but I don't think any have offered me. I have a teammate that plays at Chattanooga and they've been asking about me a lot. I really like the program at UTK (Tennessee). I like the their style of football so that's who I've been trying to get their attention. I talk to Coach (Steve) Caldwell all the time. He's recruiting my area."

Judging from his play, Craddock's area is around the football and that's why he might prove an asset at the next level. Besides, anybody with the nickname "Crash" has got to be great on special teams.


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