Craig: "I Like Wake A Lot"

Nick Craig, a defensive tackle out of Carrollton, Georgia, is one of the Peach state's top defensive prospects in the class of 2008. A prospect who put up impressive number at the recent Kennedy/CES Combine outside of Atlanta, Craig is beginning to hear from schools around the region.

Recently at the Kennedy/CES Combine, Nick Craig measured 6'2, 298 and beat out every other defensive tackle prospect in the 40, shuttle, vertical jump, 3-cone drill, and broad jump. Those numbers will be important to potential college suitors as will tape from his junior season, a year that Craig was proud of.

"We had a pretty good season," Craig noted of his junior campaign. "We held it down up front. I had 80 tackles and 12 sacks. The defense we played, we had a real good season. As a team, we went to the 3rd round of the playoffs, one from the [Georgia] Dome. I think I did real good and lived up to the hype and everything. Next year I'm hoping to have an even better [season."]

In preparation for his senior campaign, Craig plans to stay in the weightroom, preparing him to be even more physical in his senior season. "Stronger, getting a lot stronger, that's my plan," he said. "I'm benching 345 and squatting 530. So that and getting better."

All of this hard work is not only in preparation for his senior year, but also his college career afterwards. Early on, Craig has seven schools at the top of his list. "Georgia Tech, Auburn, Wake Forest, Florida, Georgia, Vanderbilt, and Maryland," he noted when asked the schools he is interested in early in his recruitment.

Although he has yet to visit Wake Forest, he is interested in the combination of academics and athletics Wake Forest can provide. "I like Wake a lot," Craig said. "If they need a defensive tackle, I'd love to go there. The way I'm looking at things – if you need me, I need you. We're really looking forward to hearing more from Wake Forest."

Not only that, but he plans to be an impact player at the college level. "I've been starting since my freshman year and I'm not one to ride the bench," he said emphatically. "Once I get there, I'm going to make sure I'm starting, even if I have to work three times as hard. I'm going to start wherever I go."

Craig recently attended at junior days at Auburn and plans to visit other junior days in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned to DeaconSports for the latest on the Carrollton, Georgia defensive tackle.

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