The talent at Cherry Creek High School for the upcoming football season makes another state title a possibility. One of the players key to a potential repeat is 2016 defensive back Javier Craft. The 5-10 169 pound Craft is a smooth operator from his corner position. Last season, Craft had three interceptions helping his Bruins to the state title.
Craft, who has yet to gain an offer, has been busy this summer camping at Kansas and Colorado State. Next week Craft will camp at Air Force followed by his final camp of the summer as he camps at Colorado State on the 23rd of July. Regarding the Jayhawks Craft says, “Kansas has already offered a few defensive backs before I went to the camp. But they said if anything doesn’t happen I’m next in line.” As for Colorado State Craft says,” CSU really liked me at the first camp and said they want to work with me a little more at the next one.” Craft has a strong interest in Colorado State saying, “My dad played at Colorado State and after went to the league for 10 years. So he's well known around there. He is a big reason I want to go to Colorado State.”
The son of a ten year NFL pro and part of a very good Cherry Creek defense, Craft is coached up and it shows in his game. He is very technically sound, plays fluid, has great ball skills and a sense for the game. Craft looking to always improve, has worked very hard this summer on his press man techniques as well as trying to not peak in on the quarterback as much.
Right now Craft is very focused on helping Creek defend their title stating, “We need to jus compete all the time. We feel we are the best team in the state and all we have to do is just play like we always do and we will get the job done.” To help the team Craft will add his athleticism to the offensive side of the ball playing receiver when needed. Beyond know commodities such as defenders Jon Van Diest, Santino Marchiol, Evan Michaels and David Imola as well as quarterback Joe Caplis, Craft says Steven O’ Malley, Anthony Barron and Ammon Johnson are players to watch as the Bruins try to defend.
Craft will gain an offer, he is polished, athletic and aware of what it takes to compete at the next level. In college he will fit nicely playing over the slot in nickel and dime sub packages.