Linebacker Su'a Cravens (Vista Murrieta) added to his standing as the most offered recruit in California's 2013 class on Wednesday night, picking up an offer from the USC Trojans. Although, after more than a dozen offers as either a linebacker or safety, the Trojans' offer was a bit of a curveball.
"USC offered me as a running back," said Cravens, who is Vista Murrieta's second-leading rusher after quarterback Nicholas Stevens. "They want me to play that Stanley Havili role."
Havili starred as a fullback for the Trojans. Cravens' athleticism would suit him well at the position, enabling him to work even more as a rushing and receiving threat out of the backfield.
Cravens said he was shocked that USC decided to offer him on the offensive side of the ball, but added that it was a good feeling to have a scholarship offer from the hometown Trojans in his pocket. Cravens grew up down the street from USC and has attended camps and spring games there. He said his dad had mentioned the possibility that the USC coaches could offer him on offense, but Cravens said it still caught him off guard.
Cravens said he thinks of himself as a defensive player and had never imagined himself playing offense at the next level. He now holds offers from Pac-12 schools USC, Arizona State, Arizona, Stanford, California, UCLA, Colorado and Washington in addition to Oklahoma, Arkansas, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Boise State.