That spring, Cravens camped at UCLA, getting his first BCS offer, just as he wrapped up his freshman year.
Two years and 30+ offers later, Cravens is now the nation's #1 safety, the California Junior of the Year and one of the premier two-way prospects in the country.
Now at Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta, where he lead them to a CIF-SS Inland Division title, Cravens has offers from all over the country.
What he doesn't have is a set time frame for when he'll announce.
"It could be next weekend or it could be in December," said Cravens. "It's up in the air right now. I'm wide open and don't have a real set leader. I'm just taking this all in stride. A few years ago, I never thought this would happen. I saw my brother get recruited and he wasn't one of the top recruits or heavily recruited, so I thought it would be like that, maybe a little bit better, but not much. But I never expected it to be how it's been."
How it's been is hectic and time-consuming, but Cravens wouldn't trade the position he's been in for anything.
"I've been ready for it and it's been really fun," said Cravens. "I've talked to some great coaches and gotten offers from some big time programs. Alabama offered me and that's one of the best programs, if not the best program, in the nation. They just won a national championship and with the guys they bring in, they always have the top guys and when they offered me, I was excited because they don't usually recruit out in California."
While Cravens is uncertain if he'll visit Alabama officially, he knows of three schools who will be on the receiving end of an official trip.
In the meantime, the two local schools are making their pitch to him.
"UCLA was the first school to offer me when Coach (Rick) Neuheisel was there, but now it's Coach Tui (Marques Tuiasosopo) who's recruiting me," said Cravens. "They have a really good NFL atmosphere going there now."
And across town, USC stands as the school Cravens said is recruiting him harder than anyone.
"I have to say SC is recruiting me the hardest now," said Cravens. "They've been up on their game and they've been recruiting me harder than anyone else. I talk mostly with Kennedy Polamalu and James Cregg. But I've also talked a lot with both Coach Lane Kiffin and Coach Monte Kiffin, plus Coach (Marvin) Sanders, Coach O (Ed Orgeron) and Coach (Clay) Helton. Really, everyone up there."
Cravens said that USC's initial offer on offense is now on defense, but that he's still not quite putting away the dream of playing on both sides of the ball.
"The opportunity is being presented to me on offense, but I think it really depends on where a team needs me," said Cravens. "If they're locked in on defense, then I'll play running back. But I'd like to play defense in college mainly. And if I have the chance to go both ways, I will. I'm 6-2, 210, right now and don't want to get any bigger than 215 going in."
Depending on when he commits, Cravens said he'd still like to take all five of his visits.
"If I committed early, and that school would let me take my five trips, I'll take them, but we'll see what happens," said Cravens.
As for what he wants to do when he makes a decision?
"I think I might do a press conference, but I'm not real big on the flashiness," said Cravens. "If I do a press conference, it's so I don't have to call every reporter to tell them or call every coach. But really, it's all up in the air right now when and what I'll do."