Interest heating up for Criner

The Huskies continue to scour the west for talented wide receiver prospects and one that has been dominating the local competition is Canyon Springs (Las Vegas) WR Juron Criner. But Washington isn't the only school to increase their attention on Criner and he talked recently about what schools have turned up the heat as well as how his season is coming along.

"We're doing well this year so far, but we have a long way to go," Criner told recently. "We're 5-1, but we should be undefeated. We lost a close one to Cimarron last month and that was frustrating because we only lost by a point."

Criner shares the receiving spotlight with one of the most sough-after wideout recruits in the west in Raevon Samuel, but he's been the one putting up the big numbers -- 31 receptions for 768 yards and 15 touchdowns.

"I've been getting open and our QB has been hitting me," Criner said. "It's not that complicated because your job as a receiver is to get open for your QB and then he's supposed to hit you.

"It's basically like pitch and catch and that's why we worked so hard this past summer so that we would know what each other is doing and then be able to take advantage of things when they're open."

On the recruiting front, Criner has seen the attention of several schools pick up including the Huskies.

"I've talked to a lot of schools lately," Criner said. "Washington, Nebraska and Kansas State are the new ones. I mean, they were on me before, but it was mainly letters and stuff. Now they're calling and talking to my coaches about me.

"The four schools who have offered me - Utah, UNLV, Wyoming and Arizona - they're all calling too and I'm getting ready to set up some visits because I just took my SAT last weekend and they were waiting for me to do that before they scheduled my official visits."

Washington is one of his new schools and he talked about his admiration for the coaches as well as what he's seen so far this season.

"They're an up-and-coming school definitely," Criner said. "They run a good offense. It looks like they will need some receivers next year too because I think their coaches said they're losing something like five or six receivers. That plays a big part in things for me because I want to play early if I can.

"Plus Washington has that QB that everyone is talking about. Some of the schools recruiting me have talked about him too. It's made me take a longer look at them so they'll be there if they offer me and it sounds like they could be heading that way from the way they've been talking to me."

Criner is unsure which schools will get his five official visits and he'll be making those decisions over the next few weeks. He also noted he doesn't have a timeline for when he wants to make a decision.

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