Jackson Cravens (Blair Angulo)

3 star defensive tackle updates his recruitment

2018's Jackson Cravens will take his time in making a decision

Utah's penchant for defensive line success isn't lost on recruits, especially local ones like Timpview (UT) defensive tackle prospect Jackson Cravens who is starting to pile up the offers.

"I'm up to 7 offers now; Utah, Vanderbilt, UNLV, Princeton, Michigan State, Nevada, and Boise State. Kansas and maybe Fresno State are close to offering."

Cravens has a 3.7 GPA, hence the offers from prestigious academic institutions like Princeton and Vanderbilt, but he's prioritizing a few others things when making his decision.

"I want a school that has a good atmosphere on and off the field. Also a team that really bands together and is there for each other."

The 6-3, 270 pounder also has a personal connection to the Utah program with his high school coach, Cary Whittingham, being the brother of Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham.

"Coach (Cary) Whittingham doesn't really push me when it comes to my recruitment, but he has told me that he coaches in the same style as his brother, and that's the type of coaching style that I like."

But it's the defensive line development that really stands out to Cravens.

"I've been to Utah a couple of times and Coach Ena and Coach Powell text me or DM me a few times a week. They think I'm versatile enough to play either inside or outside. The Utes have a great tradition on the defensive line and they're always near the top in the country in sacks every year.'

Cravens is in no rush to make a decision, but does have three schools that he does want to visit officially.

"I'm not planning on making my decision until signing day. I want to take my time and explore all of my options and take visits. I'm planning on visits to Utah, Vanderbilt, and Michigan State."

With a style that screams Utah football, the 2018 prospect would fit in quite nicely at Utah should that be the landing spot.

"Utah plays really physical. My game is very physical, but I've also got a really quick first step."

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