When Su'a Cravens first got offered by USC it was for offense but after having some conversations with the coaching staff the Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta five-star prospect is now being looked on the other side of the ball.
Whether that's at safety or outside linebacker is still being determined and Cravens said either position is fine with him. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect who's rated fifth in the early 2013 rankings attended the USC junior day this past weekend and said he had a good time.
"It was cool," Cravens said. "I only stayed a couple hours but I got to talk to the coaches and I got a good understanding of where they're recruiting me.
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"I got to talk to (Lane) Kiffin, coach (Ed) Orgeron, coach (James) Cregg, they want me for either linebacker or safety. That was my first offensive offer but as soon as I got to talk to the coaches everything was straightened out and they want me for defense.
"I really like playing safety because it lets me be free back in the secondary and it lets me make more plays in the open field but at the same time at linebacker it lets me blitz off the edge. It's an even trade."
USC, Oklahoma, Stanford, Notre Dame and Arkansas had emerged as five favorites for Cravens but the five-star said he no longer has a top list because of all the new schools getting involved.
Clemson recently offered and he's been hearing lots more from Alabama, Texas, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and others. He said Texas coach Mack Brown and assistant Duane Akina have talked with him and said they like him at running back and safety.
Since Cravens plans to wait things out, take official visits and make a decision much later in the recruiting process, he does not have a list of favorites at this point.
"I don't have any early favorites," Cravens said. "I'm still a junior and I haven't taken my five official visits yet so I'm not making any early decisions.
"Ever since I got all these new offers coming in I don't have a top five anymore."
In his junior season, Cravens finished with 100 tackles, 11 sacks and three interceptions. He also rushed for 673 yards and 15 touchdowns and caught 20 passes for 339 yards and four scores. His Vista Murrieta team finished undefeated on the field.