Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier linebacker Fred Craig is one of the top players in Southern Ohio. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder with 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash has already racked up a good list of scholarships with more schools being added every week.
"I have offers from Cincinnati, Miami of Ohio, West Virginia, and (Tuesday) I just got offered by Indiana," Craig said. "The coaches were at our school today. He was also there to see another guy from my school, Darius Ashley."
Schools are not only stopping by the school, they're also making calls. Craig said he's gotten two calls already.
"I got a call (Monday) from Tennessee and Air Force," he said.
"I'm really interested in going out to Stanford. I'm visiting there later this month. Then I'm also very interested in Northwestern. I'm also going to camp at Vanderbilt this summer so we'll see how that goes."
While he's an outside linebacker, some schools project him at safety. That's something he doesn't mind at all, just like he doesn't mind the recruiting process in general so far. He doesn't have any plans at this point on making an early commitment.
"It just depends on how the summer goes," he said. "It depends on what schools offer me. So it's just whenever the time's right. Whether it's before the season or during the season is fine with me. Actually Cincinnati offered me to play safety. And West Virginia said they might play at safety or linebacker."
Craig said he's toyed with the idea of possibly playing at the same school with Ashley, who is one of Ohio's top running back prospects.
"You know we've thought about it," Craig said. "Right now the schools that we're both really interested in have not really offered yet. But we've definitely talked about it. Right now we're just going through the process and seeing what happens."
Craig had 80 tackles in 15 games as a sophomore and had an even better junior season. He has big hopes for his senior season, too.
"First of all I want to win a state championship," he said. "That's been a goal for me since I've gotten to St X. But Personally I want to be first-team all-state. I feel like I have a good opportunity. Last season I was second-team all-state."