Speed Kills

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Jul 8, 2008


The only school on his list that Kraig Appleton has already visited is Illinois. "They are recruiting me the hardest," he said. "My mom really likes them too. I think she likes them because they are in-state (three and half hours away) and my uncle played basketball there." Although his mother would prefer that he stayed close, Appleton says that won't be a factor. "It's not an issue..."

Kraig Appleton, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound, four-star wide receiver from Senior High School in East St. Louis, Ill., finished his junior season with around 50 catches for over 1,000 yards and 16 touchdowns.

"I can go deep or I can catch it in traffic," Appleton said. "Speed kills and I play fast. I play very relaxed, but with confidence. I'm just a great athlete and can do it all.

"I want to improve my route-running and my footwork," he said.

He says he can bench 245-pounds and has a 33-inch vertical jump.

Appleton now denies a leader, but favors LSU, Texas Tech, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Illinois. He says that all his favorites have offered him, except for LSU.

"I've talked with the LSU coaches a little and they are recruiting me," he said. "I've been watching them closely the past couple years and they're always real competitive. I just like what I've seen from them. I really want to go down south and check them out. I've never been there before."

The only school on his list that Appleton has already visited is Illinois. "They are recruiting me the hardest," he said. "My mom really likes them too. I think she likes them because they are in-state (three and half hours away) and my uncle played basketball there."

Although his mother would prefer that he stayed close, Appleton says that's not going to be a factor. "It's not an issue for me," he said.

He already attended the Illini camp in June and is going to a 7-on-7 at Oregon and Indiana later in July.

Despite living in Illinois, Appleton says he grew up following Miami. "When I was younger I loved the way they would play," he said. "They always won and I loved how they played with momentum."

Appleton, ranked as Scout.com's No. 11 wide receiver in the country, says he also has offers from Purdue, Vanderbilt, Missouri and a few others. He says the Notre Dame offer is his only verbal.

"I haven't really talked with them much since they offered," he said. "Coach Rob Ianello was at my school during the spring and told me that I've got an offer waiting if I want it."

Even though he hasn't ever visited Ohio State, he says he loves their history. "It's the Buckeyes," Appleton said. "It's a great program and everyone knows them."

Proving that distance isn't a factor for him, Appleton is also interested in Texas Tech. "I like them because they like to throw the ball," he said. "I love their offense. It's built for a wide receiver."

Appleton says he doesn't plan on making an early decision. "I'll probably make my decision late," he said. "I want to take my time and see all my options. I might wait until signing day."

He says he wants to major in civil engineering and reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 19 ACT, which he'll retake in the fall.



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