December 3, 2012

Georgia RB holds offer from Army Black Knights

If all goes according to plan, which at times is very difficult to maintain when it comes to recruiting high school seniors ... but either way, if Army stays on course, the Black Knights have a chance to pull in a top caliber class for 2013.

One player that has hit the team's recruiting radar is RB, Derrick Craine out of McDonough (Ga) Union Grove High School.

It was late last week that Army declared their interest shared Craine. "We had talked in the middle of the season and Coach Holmes told me they were very interested," declared the 5-foot-10, 205 pound prospect. "He thinks I would fit the program perfectly, but I had only talked to him once or twice previous to the offer."

"My relationship with Coach Holmes (Clarence) is great. He's been very straight forward with me about West Point. He's been very informative and we've definitely built a relationship where I can begin to trust him in what he says about West Point. I feel like he won't shoot me in the wrong direction."

With several recruits scheduled to be on hand for Saturday rival game against Navy, Crain provided an update on his status. "I won't be at the Army-Navy game because I have to take the ACT's, so I was not able to go up there, but I was invited to attend," he declared. "I am taking an official visit to Army the first weekend in January."

Craine indicated that aside from his visit to Army, he will be deciding on which other four schools will make up his list of five official visits. However, he made it clear that the Black Knights have his attention, but not with some slight reservations.

"At this point I'm interested in Army, it's definitely a huge opportunity academic wise and for my future," said Craine. "The only part that kind of makes me hesitant about it is having to serve after. But I am definitely very interested in West Point (aka Army), especially after everything I heard about it."

On the season, Craine finished with 2,105 yards rushing to go with his 26 touchdowns on the ground.

The two-way player, who doubled at linebacker, said that his preference is on the offensive side of the ball and also shared what he is looking for when making his college selection. "For me it is about high academics, great football team and a great atmosphere to play in," says Craine, who has registered a personal best forty time at 4.55, which he ran this summer at the Chattanooga camp.

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