Nate Craig-Myers’ 2014 season was a short one, so he’s making up for lost time this season.
“In my first game (in 2014), my first touch for Tampa Catholic, a guy fell on me from the back and when I was in the pile, a guy grabbed my leg and twisted it and I broke my fibula,” said Craig-Myers, the No. 3 receiver in 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. “This year, in my first game of the season against Indian Rocks Christian (Largo), it was a big game that we lost 56-21 last year. We had to go out to prove to teams this year that we’re the same Tampa Catholic. Once we beat them, we were confident we could beat anybody.”
Craig-Myers had a 37-yard touchdown catch and an 86-yard interception return for a touchdown in this year’s 45-16 win against Indian Rocks Christian. For the season, he leads Tampa Catholic (6-1) with 33 catches for 476 yards and nine touchdowns
“We have come together as a team and we have great coaches who have been in the NFL and give us a great education every week,” Craig-Myers said. “I feel I can do more and I’m not going to be satisfied until we get to the state championship game at 1 p.m. in December.”
The Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance came to Tampa Catholic on Wednesday to present an honorary jersey to Craig-Myers for the Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2 in Orlando.
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Craig-Myers said word-of-mouth from other players and the game’s convenient location in Orlando attracted him to the Under Armour game.
“Really, hearing from other guys the positive feedback about the game and this being my senior year and my possibly going out of state for college, I wanted my family to be able to see me play my last high school game,” he said.
Football runs in his family. His brother Jayvaughn Myers, is a senior defensive back at Pasco (Dade City) and a Florida commit. His older brother, Josh Jackson, played defensive back for Purdue and in the Canadian Football League. An uncle, Trey Dudley-Giles, is a senior defensive back this season for Massachusetts.
Craig-Myers initially committed to Auburn, but reopened his recruitment in May. Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, Maryland and Ohio State have since come into the picture. He said he plans to announce his choice on Jan. 9.
“My mom’s birthday is Jan. 8 and that’s on a Friday and I just figured I would do this on the ninth, which is a Saturday so the whole community in my hometown of Dade City could celebrate with me. At first when the recruiting started, you enjoy it, but now it is more of a business. That four years you make a decision for is with you the rest of your life.”