It seems only fitting that the Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta safety will mark another milestone by choosing his college next month.
"I've broken it down to my five. I'm just going to see what I like most about these schools and see where I'm the best fit," Cravens said Sunday during the Passing Down Elite 7-on-7 regional at Fullerton College.
He plans to make a trip to the Midwest later this month, but may not visit the entire trio of Big Ten powers under consideration.
"I've kind of lost connection with Ohio State," he said.
Already familiar with the hometown schools – "If you gave me classes to USC or UCLA right now, I could get to campus myself and be fine," he joked – Cravens has connections to the Wolverines and Cornhuskers.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke has been recruiting Cravens since he was a sophomore and Hoke was at San Diego State, while Nebraska signed offensive lineman Corey Whitaker from Vista Murrieta in the Class of 2012.
"When I go see Michigan, I want to talk to Coach Hoke," Cravens said. "Nebraska, Corey (is) committed there and he told me he loves it up there so I'm going to have to see it for myself.
"If I really like it I might be going there. I don't want to leave any school out without visiting them first."
The top defensive back in the nation, Cravens values a winning environment over everything else when considering where he will play in college.
"I'm not scared of competition or anything like that. I embrace it. It can only make me better," he said.
"Really I want to go to a team that is going to win a national championship."
For Cravens, that might mean giving mom a different kind of birthday present.
"She's hoping I go to USC and everybody in my whole family is hoping I go to USC. I might surprise her. She might not like that but we'll see what happens."BRO Editor's Note: We're hearing form sources that, at this time, Cravens is a USC lean.