Once committed to Virginia Tech’s men’s basketball program, William Fleming (Roanoke, VA) senior Warren Craft’s athletic future may now lie on the football field. Craft and Tech basketball went their separate ways this past spring, but the Hokies’ football program has expressed interest and UVa football has offered a scholarship. Craft visited both schools this past week, beginning with Tech’s home game against Miami.
“It was great,” Craft said of the Tech experience. “Didn’t get there until late, right before the game. I enjoyed the game though.”
The 6’3”, 185-pound senior says the Tech coaches gave “no clear indications” regarding where he stood in terms of a scholarship offer. UVa extended an offer within the past few weeks, and Craft reciprocated the interest with an unofficial visit to Charlottesville this past Saturday.
“I really enjoyed it,” Craft said of UVa. “The coaches and players made me feel welcome. Great environment and I can tell that the coaches/staff really care.”
Craft says both Virginia and Virginia Tech are “still in my top choices,” but he has no plans to commit any time soon. Barring a change of heart, look for the Fleming product to take his time and see what options – either for football or basketball – arise in the weeks and months. Fleming varsity football coach Bobby Martin believes more football offers are in store for the standout senior.
“There will be some more,” Martin said. “People are talking to him. What happened was people backed away because of basketball. Now that he is looking at playing football, I think the next couple of weeks will be pretty busy.”
Martin, who coached former Virginia Tech and New York Giants running back David Wilson at George Washington-Danville, believes Craft is a special talent on the gridiron.
“They have the same athletic skillset,” Martin said of Craft and Wilson. “I’ve seen David Wilson doing back flips the length of the field. I’ve seen Warren doing backflips down the field. David could triple jump 50 feet going into his senior year. Warren did 47 in the triple jump his sophomore year. David did indoor track but Warren focused on basketball. They have the same athletic skills.
“Warren can do anything on the football field. He played quarterback in elementary school and middle school. If he would have stayed at quarterback in high school he would probably be the next Michael Vick....
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