Unknown No More

Siaki Cravens (6-3, 220, 4.6), the wide receiver/tight end prospect from Temecula Valley High in Temecula, Calif., is relatively unknown to many in the recruiting world, but that has not stopped him from being recruited by some major college football programs.

Cravens has attended three different schools the past three years, with all of the transfers being due to his family moving districts. He seemed to find his place at Temecula Valley last year, posting nine receptions for 277 yards and a touchdown (30.78 yards per catch). Even with his frequent moves from school to school, Cravens has caught the attention of plenty of schools.

"I have been hearing from West Virginia lately, they called up to my school the other day," said Cravens. "Tennessee, Boise State, and Washington have also been showing some interest lately."

"I already have an offer from Utah," Cravens said. "USC watched my tape and really liked it, and the coaches said that they would be watching me closely at their camp. I have been a Trojan fan for my entire life, so having them interested in me is cool."

At 6-3 and 220 pounds and 4.6 speed, Cravens is an intriguing prospect. Although he does not really have a position right now, he is being recruited as a tight end or a slot receiver, with most schools wanting him to play both. Cravens does not claim to have a position preference, and that should help make him a better all around player over the next year.

"I think that I use my body really well in order to box out the defender from the ball. I already have pretty good hands, and can pull away from the pack when I need to," said Cravens. "The thing that I need to work on most is my blocking as a tight end. When I play receiver I can physically dominate the corner, but at tight end I need to do some work so that I can block some of the bigger defensive ends."

During the offseason, Cravens has kept busy playing for Temecula Valley's basketball team as a shooting guard. Showing off the athletic ability that has football scouts drooling, Cravens helped to lead the team to a regular season league championship.

With basketball now over, Cravens will be turning his full attention to football. He will get a chance to show off his talent at USC's Nike camp this weekend, and has also been invited to the Scout.com combine at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles later this month.

Even with the recent increase from schools, Cravens does not claim to have any leaders.

"I don't really have a top five right now. I am just trying to keep all of my options open at this point," said Cravens.

Academically, Cravens sports a 3.5 core GPA, and is studying for his second attempt at the SATs this spring.


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