Wyatt Craig wants to enjoy his senior season as much as possible and with that, wanted to eliminate any unnecessary distractions.
So Craig got business out of the way early by committing to Newberry College during the final two weeks of the summer before pre-season practice begins on Friday, Aug. 1.
“I committed last Thursday,” Craig said while on the sidelines of the Stratford Passing Camp on Wednesday, July 15. “I wanted to get that part of things out of the way so I could focus on football this fall and enjoy my senior year.”
The 6-4, 215 pound two-way player at tight end and defensive end is the youngest son of longtime Timberland Coach Art Craig. and the younger brother of former Timberland stars Cody and Dylan Craig.
Cody just wrapped up a four-year career at Coastal Carolina and Dylan begins his second year as a manager for the South Carolina Gamecocks football team.
For Wyatt, the decision to attend Newberry was an easy one.
He liked the school and feel of the campus.
“I decided that I would go ahead and commit because I loved the school,” he said. “It’s a smaller school and a nice campus.”
Newberry would almost be like a second home for Craig as former Timberland football players Austin McKinney and Bobby McNeils play for the Wolves.
Craig also excels in the classroom maintaining a 4.2 GPA and is ranked 14th in his class.
His dad said Newberry was a good fit for his youngest son.
“He really liked the intimacy of campus,” Art Craig said. “It’s a smaller campus and that fits Wyatt.”
The big tight end is also 100-percent healthy this summer, recovering from a broken collarbone suffered in the middle of the 2013 season. He has announced himself physically fit and healed.
“No pain, or weakness,” he said. “I feel great.”
“Wyatt put on around 20 pounds while he was out with the broken collarbone,” Art Craig said. “He’s been able to turn that extra weight into muscle in the weight room this spring and summer. He’s grown up.”
The Wolves return to the gridiron against Stratford in the Sertoma Classic on Aug. 21 and open their regular season against Hanahan on Aug. 29.