Vegas receiver shines in Tinseltown

LOS ANGELES- North Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs wide receiver Juron Criner was one of the top prospects at his position at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp Sunday on the campus of the University of Southern California.
The big-bodied Criner stood out in both the position and one-on-drills during the camp. In the one-on-one session, Criner made several tough catches using his soft hands and advanced body control.
"For me, (the camp) went real good," Criner said. "We went through the drills and everything went real smooth. I learned a bunch of new stuff. I became a better receiver and a better athlete period."
Criner caught 36 passes for 788 yards and eight touchdowns during his junior year. He recently was timed at 4.56 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
"I am more of an outside receiver," he said. "I like the outside routes like a streak or a post. I like to get downfield."
On the recruiting front, Criner holds an early scholarship offer from Arizona, but is getting plenty of interest from a number of other programs.
"I got an offer from Arizona," he said. "There are a couple of more schools out there that I like that are talking to me, telling me to stay in touch like LSU, Illinois and Colorado."
Criner doesn't have any specific criteria laid out as far as a college decision.
"I definitely want to go Division I-A, but as far as where I go, I still have another year to choose," he said. "I really don't know, just anywhere I fit in."
Other than a team camp at Stanford, Criner isn't sure where he will camp this summer.
"It's just spring ball and then back to school," he said. "My goals for next year are to become the best receiver I can, do all I can and score as much as I can."