When William Fleming (Roanoke, VA) standout athlete Warren Craft suited up to play football as a junior last season, he was still committed to play for James Johnson and the Virginia Tech men’s basketball program. Now, football may be his future.
Craft verbally committed to Tech in the summer of 2012, following his freshman year at William Fleming. This past spring, after Buzz Williams replaced Johnson as head coach, Craft and the Tech men’s basketball program went their separate ways.
Currently, the only basketball scholarship offer on the table is Prairie View A&M. VMI came through with a football scholarship offer this past summer. This week, though, Craft landed his first major FBS opportunity.
“It’s a blessing and great opportunity having an offer from UVA,” Craft wrote in a direct message through Twitter. “It shows that the hard work and dedication put in really does pay off.”
The 6’2”, 185-pound senior plays wide receiver for the Colonels, who went 3-7 in 2013 but are 5-1 so far in 2014. In William Fleming’s 2013 regular season opener against Fluvanna, Craft, who had not played football on the high school level until his junior season, exploded for eight catches for 240 yards and three touchdowns. He went on and finished with 30 catches for 617 yards and seven scores in seven games (he missed three games due to a sprained ankle) last season.
Craft has continued his playmaking ways this season, having tallied 19 receptions for 357 yards and five touchdowns through six games. He has added 67 yards rushing and a score.
While he has one FBS scholarship offer in the fold, Craft says he is “still deciding between” playing football or basketball on the next level.
“I will probably wait until later on in the basketball season to see what comes around in basketball and judge my decision off of what I have then,” Craft answered when asked when he wanted to make his college choice.
Craft lists “UVA and Virginia Tech” as his favorite schools right now. With Virginia Tech, the interest is for football, not basketball.
Tech’s football staff has “shown lots of interest and are excited to meet with me and get me down that way,” Craft said.
Craft plans to visit both...
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