The recognition for Su’a Cravens just keeps growing.
Murrieta’s multi-purpose standout was named Wednesday as one of the six
finalists for the 2013 U.S. Army Player of the Year Award, presented to
the outstanding senior in high school football who has been selected for
the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Cravens, who has made a verbal
commitment to attend USC, could play any position on the field,
according to head coach Coley Candaele, who has used him as a safety,
linebacker, running back, receiver and on special teams.
the team’s quarterfinal playoff game, Cravens was second on the team in
tackles with 95, 46 solo, with five sacks, three interceptions, two
fumble recoveries and three blocked punts. He added two blocked punts in
the Broncos’ semifinal playoff win over Rancho Cucamonga.
touchdowns this season include eight receiving TDs, five rushing scores,
two interception returns (including one of 104 yards), a punt return
and a return of a blocked punt.
“He’s dynamic,” says Corona
Centennial coach Matt Logan, whose team will face Vista Murrieta in
Friday’s Inland Division championship game.
Cravens received his
jersey for the All-American Bowl, to be played Jan. 5 in San Antonio, in
a Nov. 10 ceremony on the Vista Murrieta campus. That day, coach Coley
Candaele talked about seeing his player blossom as a junior.
realized this guy is playing at a higher level than everyone else,”
Candaele said. “When you see a kid every day at practice, you get
spoiled. You don’t see what’s out there, and you don’t know what reality
is until he’s gone. So reality will kick in next year.”