When Rivals.com first saw three-star wide receiver Juron Criner (6-4, 200, 4.6) from North Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs in action all those months ago at the NIKE Camp in Los Angeles back on April 15th, we knew he was good, but has had a bust out senior season.
In nine games, Criner has 47 receptions for 1,303 yards and 23 touchdowns while averaging 27.7 yards per catch. That is pretty impressive. He even has 10 PAT's on the season.
Criner was fantastic in his last game and is quickly getting the reputation of playmaker. Add that his reputation for making plays in crunch time only enhances his recruitment.
"Juron made two unbelievable catches in the closing seconds Friday to help us win our game," Canyon Springs coach Matt Jenkins said. "And he did it against defending two-time state champs Las Vegas high.
"Las Vegas scored the go ahead touchdown with 47 seconds left in the game," Jenkins said. "They kicked it to Juron who returned the ball to about our 40 yard line.
"Then they tripled teamed Juron and still our quarterback DeVonte Christopher hit him on a fade," Jenkins said. "Juron went over three kids to make the catch and he almost scored the touchdown on that play.
"We called a time out and hit Juron on the fade again for the winning score," Jenkins said. "It was a great win.
"Juron finally realizes he's a football player and his overall work ethic in the weight room and the classroom has grown every week," Jenkins said. "He has worked very hard on his grades and his core is now where it needs to be.
"Now we're waiting on his SAT result that he took in October," Jenkins said. "He will be taking his ACT on December 8th.
"Nebraska wants to set up a visit and ASU, I believe have one already set," Jenkins said. "I don't have the date on that though. ASU recently offered him.
"Fresno State is beginning to show interest in Juron and an offer could be in the very near future," Jenkins said. "K State, Oregon State and Washington are also showing a lot of interest in Juron."