Cravens lets loose at Army All-American Bowl

USC 2013 commit Su'a Cravens is unable to participate in practices at the Army All-American Bowl, but it's not dampening the spirits of the five-star recruit who continues to recruit for the Trojans in San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Su'a Cravens gave his mom the best birthday present a mother could ask for when he vowed to stay home in Southern California for college, committing to USC.

He's been a solid Trojan since June 6th and though he's been sidelined at the Army All-American Bowl with a minor injury, he is actively working on the Trojans' 2013 recruiting class.

"We're all locked in," the five-star safety said about the 13 USC commits in San Antonio.

As for the one that got away?

"Eddie [Vanderdoes], he's just a big lump of fun, he's a big boy," Cravens said about the former USC commit. "Him and Kenny [Bigelow] have been talking, so I know Kenny has probably been doing his recruiting."

"Eddie is going to do what makes him happy," he continued. "Hopefully he comes back to the family."

Cravens is even spending time on the phone with former USC commit Max Redfield. Redfield, a four-star safety, will be announcing his new college commitment on Friday. It is believed Redfield is leaning heavily toward Notre Dame.

"We haven't really talked about recruiting," Cravens said. "Wherever [Redfield] chooses, I wish him the best of luck. But if he chooses someone we're playing against, I told him ‘we're coming for you'."

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Cravens is set to early enroll at USC. He'll be moving to campus on January 10th and starting classes on the 14th. Despite the minor injury keeping him from participating in practices this week, he says he'll be ready to get to work with the Trojans and wants to help build on this year's 7-6 season.

"They can lose four games, five, six, they lost to Georgia Tech. I don't care how many games they lose," he said. "I'm going to go there and just go to work. That was last year and this is this year. I'm going in with my head on straight and start."

Before he gets to business, Cravens and his fellow USC-commits are letting loose as the stars of San Antonio.

"All of us are goofballs," he said holding back a smile as Chris Hawkins, Michael Hutchings, and Steven Mitchell all worked off-camera trying to get a laugh. "We're all out here trying to have fun."

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