'20 IN DE - Deontae Craig (Verbal Offer)

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    STRONGSIDE DEFENSIVE END
    6'3'' | 225 LBS
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    Ohio State has offered.
     
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    Ohio State offers Indiana standout Deontae Craig
    After a pair of visits to Ohio State last season, 3-star defensive lineman Deontae Craig from Indiana had been waiting to find out if he was going to receive a scholarship offer.

    That came Tuesday morning.

    “It happened early this morning,” Craig told Lettermen Row. “It’s one of my dream schools. Coach Mattison was at [a game] in January and he reached out again recently. He just wants to keep building the relationship and wants me to get back up there during the spring.”

    Despite being one of his dream schools, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end at The Culver Academies has no plan for any sort of quick commitment. He wants to see a few schools that have been on his list as well.

    “Committing right now never really crossed my mind,” he said. “Obviously, it was a big offer for me. But I’m still looking forward to seeing other school and building relationships. I’m thinking about taking a trip to Iowa in March, and I’ll hopefully make it out to Kentucky and Northwestern.”

    It was Mattison who offered Craig, and he has also recruiting him while on the coaching staff at Michigan. The country’s 23rd-ranked defensive end said the two haven’t talked much about Mattison’s flip to the Buckeyes. He’s happy he made it, though.

    “We haven’t really talked about the reasoning on why he switched,” Craig said. “But Ohio State has always been my favorite school, so I was definitely happy for him when I found out he took the job.

    “I’m actually really excited to see what he and Larry Johnson can do. I mean, both of them have been around for a while and they both know the game so well. It’ll be interesting to see their new schemes come together next year.”

    Craig will be visiting Ohio State at some point this spring.
     
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    Indiana defensive end Deontae Craig, who has seen his recruitment skyrocket in February, received another Power 5 offer Sunday, announcing that he added a Minnesota offer to his growing list. The three-star defensive end out of Fort Wayne now has 13 offers, and his last four have come from Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan and Minnesota. He also has offers form Michigan State, Tennessee, Purdue and others.
     
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    Deontae Craig trying to make sense of recruiting ‘blur’
    In a 12-day stretch that began in early February, The Culver Academies (Culver, Ind.) 3-star defensive lineman Deontae Craig saw his recruitment get kicked into hyperdrive, landing scholarship offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan. The Buckeyes and the Irish had always been his favorite schools to watch as a fan, but now as a recruit, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound athlete is trying to rearrange his entire thought process.

    “Most people know that Ohio State and Notre Dame have been my favorite schools growing up, but it’s been more as a fan,” Craig told Lettermen Row. “So, now I’m trying to set that aside and just focus on finding out where I fit in the best and have the best chance of getting better.

    “And hopefully some day achieving my goal of getting to the NFL.”

    For the average person, it may be hard to understand what it’s like to get that kind of attention from three of college football’s most historically great programs. It’s hard for Craig to understand, too.

    “I mean it’s been a blur to be honest with you, I’m just trying to take things in stride and use it as something to build off going into the summer and my senior season,” Craig said. “It’s definitely been fun getting to schools and talking to coaches, so ultimately I think that’s what is going to help me find the right fit. But at the end of the day, I know the man above is going to put me where I need to be.”

    Right now, Indiana’s fourth-ranked prospect is still finishing up basketball season and then will start setting up his next round of school visits. Ohio State wants to get one of those for its spring game.

    “Yes, they do,” Craig said. “I have no dates really set yet. I’m just trying to focus on finishing out my hoops season right now.”

    This recruitment has all the makings of a classic Midwest battle from here until a decision is made. Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan will all be very much in the hunt.
     
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    Deontae Craig makes midweek Ohio State visit
    Ohio State offered The Culver (Ind.) Academy defensive end Deontae Craig on Feb. 12, and within two weeks of that, he’d also added scholarships from Notre Dame and Michigan. It’s that trio of schools that has emerged near the top of the list for the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Craig — and that’s why his midweek visit to Columbus to see the Buckeyes again was a big one.

    “It went really good,” Craig told Lettermen Row. “I was there for the whole day.”

    The goal for the trip was to just get more familiar with the coaching staff at a place he’s not visited since November.

    “I got to see how all the coaches worked with their players,” Craig said. “I also was able to sit down with Ryan Day and [defensive line coach Larry] Johnson one-on-one for the first time. It was also pretty cool because I met Urban Meyer.”

    Though Craig watched the Buckeyes practice, the most important part of the visit was that it didn’t seem too focused on just football.

    “It wasn’t a lot of football with Coach Johnson or Coach Day,” he said. “[Day] was just telling me a lot about his background and what he’s trying to do with the program. Coach Johnson was just telling me about his background too, but he did say that he wants me to get back up for camp so he can teach me himself and help me work on some things I can use.

    “It helps [to know the program] a lot, getting to know the coaches and learning more about the academic part of the school as well.”

    Craig is hoping to make a decision after the summer, potentially before his senior season begins.
     

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