Exclusive Interview with Kraig Appleton

As one of the premiere wide receivers in the class of 2009, Kraig Appleton has offers from just about every major football program in the nation. RaiderPower.com spoke with Appleton, who is making some major decisions about his recruitment today. Are the Red Raiders still in contention for him? Come inside to find out...

Q&A with WR Kraig Appleton:

RP: Have you decided on where you're going to commit?

KA: I haven't committed to Illinois yet, but I plan on committing there tomorrow.

RP: What made you decide to commit to Illinois?

KA: Illinois is the only place that I've had a chance to visit, and I liked their campus and what they were telling me when they were here, so that's why I decided to commit.

RP: So are you through with recruiting, or do you still plan on taking your official visits?

KA: No, I still plan on taking all five of my official visits. I'm going to visit LSU, Wisconsin, Texas Tech, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.

RP: Will distance be a factor in your final decision on where you go?

KA: Not really.

RP: What stood out about Texas Tech and made you decide to visit there?

KA: I really liked how they broke down their academic standards to me when they were here. They talked to me about their campus and all their requirements, but they mainly just talked about academics, which is important to me. I liked what they told me, so that's why I decided that I want to visit there.

RP: Which coaches are recruiting you?

KA: [Wide receivers coach] Lincoln Riley came here. There was another coach with him too, but I can't remember his name.

RP: When did Coach Riley visit your school?

KA: It was when school was still going on, so it would have been in May.

RP: When was the last time you talked with the Texas Tech coaches?

KA: I was probably in May too.

RP: Texas Tech has a reputation for putting out extremely talented wide receivers, including Biletnikoff Award winner Michael Crabtree. Do you see yourself as a receiver that could possibly lead the nation in receptions?

KA: Absolutely. I feel like if I work hard, I can be better than anyone in the nation. That's what it's all about. I just have to work hard, work harder than anybody else, and I can be unstoppable.

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