At last month's NIKE Camp held in Los Angeles there were several players who stood out one of them was sleeper wide receiver Juron Criner (6-4, 200, 4.54) from North Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs.
Criner entered the camp somewhat unknown, but displayed outstanding route running, hands and body control.
One of the reasons that Criner was somewhat a sleeper was he missed five games out of the 2006 season due to transfer rules.
When the time arrived when Criner was allowed to play, he came out strong and his first game he had two receptions for 100-plus yards and one touchdown.
Criner then took off and ended up in the top five statistically in the state among wide receivers. In seven games, Criner had 33 receptions for 789 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging a stellar 23.9 yards per catch.
Criner's seven game performance was good enough for him to earn first-team, all-conference and second-team all-state in 2006.
Offers from Arizona, Utah and hometown UNLV have already come in for Criner.
Washington State was recently on the Canyon Springs campus and was very impressed with Criner. The word is the Cougars could honor the talented wide receiver any day.
Oregon State, Kansas State and Rutgers are also in the recruiting picture. Colorado and Michigan were also on campus while Arizona State is scheduled to be one campus in the very near future.
Like his highly recruited teammate, Raevon Samuel, Criner has only played one year of high school football. Believe it or not, Criner's limited season was his first.
"Juron's best days as a football player are ahead of him," Canyon Springs coach Matt Jenkins said. "The thing about Juron is he is willing to anything for you.
"Juron played four different positions for us last season," Jenkins said. "It's hard to believe he's new to the game because he understands football and its nuances.
"Juron understands the little things," Jenkins said. "He knows how to set defenders up using the stem and then sticking that foot in the ground making the defensive back think he's running a different route. He's a great route runner.
"If you were to ask him a year ago, he would have told you that he's a basketball player who plays football," Jenkins said. "Now if you were to ask him he would say he's a football player who plays basketball.
"Though he's an outstanding basketball player and he brings the same intensity to hoops as he does for football," Jenkins said. "He now knows that his future is in football."