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Sleeper TE catches first offer

There is a sleeper tight end/wide receiver who is beginning to get his name out on the recruiting trail. The player is Siaki Cravens (6-3, 210, 4.6) from Temecula (Calif.) Temecula Valley who recently picked up his first offer.
One of the reasons Cravens is a sleeper is because he has been to three different schools for his high school career. When he suits up this fall for Temecula Valley it will be the only time during his high school career that he has played on the same team.
In ninth grade Cravens attended Rialto (Calif.) Carter where he started varsity at wide receiver and defensive end. He is still remembered by his former coach Mike Churchill fondly. Churchill now coaches at Riverside (Calif.) La Sierra.
"As a freshman Siaki was never intimidated with being at that level," Churchill said. "He always played hard even though he didn't have the experience.
"Siaki knew in his mind what he wanted to do," Churchill said. "It was easy to see he had the talent to be a scholarship player."
For Craven's 10th grade year he moved to Temecula where he attended Chaparral high school where he played defensive end on the varsity football team.
During second semester of Craven's 10th grade year, he transferred to Temecula Valley and found a home. He played tight end and made second-team all league after catching nine passes for a very productive 277 yards one touchdown. He averaged 30.8 yards a catch.
Somebody was noticing Cravens through the moves because he received his first offer from Utah and could be getting another soon from Boise State. He has received letters from Miami, Washington and Kansas.
Florida, Texas, North Carolina and Hawai'i are all evaluating his junior season game film.
Craven's new coach Bud Kane is very pleased with his tight end.
"Siaki is a big play receiver with a huge upside," Kane said. "If Utah gets him they are getting a diamond in the rough."
Cravens also plays varsity basketball and has received a letter for his skills on the hardwood from Michigan.
"Siaki is passionate about basketball," Temecula Valley basketball coach Rico Thompson said. "He has raw talent and loads of untapped potential. He is agile and explosive on the court."
Cravens' best day as an athlete is ahead of him as he is only 16 years old he is just beginning to scratch the surface of his tremendous potential. He runs the shuttle in 4.2 and has recorded a 33-inch vertical. His max bench press is 300, and he can bench press 185-pounds twenty times. He squats 375-pounds and he can power clean 250-pounds. He is a member of the 1000-pound club at school.
The scouting report on Cravens is he's a very athletic tight end who very soft hands.
There is a very good reason why Cravens is loaded with athletic ability. He comes from great bloodlines.
Craven's Mom is a cousin of David Fulcher, retired Pro Bowl safety of the Cincinnati Bengals. His Dad is cousin's to both Steve Young and The Tuiasosopo family.
Craven has a cousin who plays quarterback for Newbury Park, Calif., who is also being recruited. His name is Colby Cameron (6-4, 180, 4.8). He was first-team all league quarterback and second team all-county. They wouldn't mind going to college together.
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