2009-03-09 / Sports

Craig to wear Clemson's colors

By LARRY HILLIARD Ledger Sports Editor larry@gaffneyledger.com

Gaffney speedster Joe Craig verbally committed to Clemson University on Friday. Gaffney speedster Joe Craig verbally committed to Clemson University on Friday. Gaffney's Joe Craig said he felt right at home at Clemson.

That's good news since he'll be spending several years there after verbally committing to the school on Friday.

Craig, who began the season at quarterback before making the switch to wide receiver, said he was offered a scholarship two weeks ago by Clemson.

"They called me and I went down there for Junior Day," he said.

Craig said his speed caught Clemson's eye.

"Coach (Dabo) Swinney said I had the speed that could help their offense."

Craig talked over his decision with his father, Joe.

"My father just told me to be really sure what I wanted to do and I told him that I'm sure where I want to go," Craig said.

Craig said he wants to play football and run track for the Tigers.

Craig said he was receiving strong interest from South Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, UCLA and Maryland, but Clemson was the lone school to offer a scholarship.

The other schools were looking at him to play either wide receiver or defensive back, but Clemson wanted him as a wide receiver, he said.

"They see me in the slot to replace Jacoby Ford," Craig said.

Making an early verbal commitment doesn't exactly reduce the pressure, he said.

"I still have to work hard to keep it, but coach Swinney told me that even if I get injured this season and can't play, they'll have a scholarship for me," he said.

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