Dallas Craddieth is a name that has stirred excitement within the Iowa Hawkeyes’ football program and among their fans. He is a safety in the 2018 recruiting class and is expected to be a key piece of the Hawkeye defense for years to come.
Coming out of Hazelwood Central in Florissant, Missouri, Craddieth was unheralded for the most part throughout the recruiting process. If you aren’t an Iowa fan, there is a good chance that you haven’t heard of him. This is the opportunity for you to get to know him and find out what kind of player he is expected to be at Iowa.
Standing in at 6-foot-1 and 193 pounds, Craddieth is an intimidating presence in the secondary. He is known for being a very flexible player, being able to play multiple positions and areas on the field.
Craddieth chose Iowa over schools like Duke, Louisville, Purdue, and plenty of others. Iowa is getting an amazing athlete that has great speed, strength, and agility. He is also known for his hard-hitting, which Iowa fans have grown accustomed to from their safeties since back when Bob Sanders patrolled the secondary.
Iowa is building their defense and focusing on defense first, which is how success is formed in the Big Ten.
— Dallas Craddieth™ (@D_Cradd5) December 20, 2017
Evan Massey of Lifestyle Sports 101 had the chance to sit down for an exclusive interview with Craddieth. If you haven’t had the chance to watch him or find out what kind of player he is, this is must-read content.
First up, we found out why Craddieth chose to go ahead and commit to Iowa earlier than most thought he would commit.
“I just really trusted the coaches and knew they were going to be my coaches all my years there and they also do a great job developing and getting the best out of there players. And I had a good time around the players on my official.”
He was happy to briefly break down what he brings to the field for those who haven’t seen him play yet.
“I would say I bring a lot of physicality and range at the safety spot and I think I’m pretty interchangeable and can play multiple spots in the secondary.”
Craddieth then talked about how playing in the Big Ten factored into his decision and where he is excited to play the most.
“It wasn’t that big of a deal athletically but academically I felt like it was a really good move and if I get a chance playing in the Big House or the Shoe, that is kind of exciting.”
At this point in his career, Craddieth seems to have locked in on some of his biggest strengths and weaknesses.
“Strengths I would say tackling in open field, playing downhill on runs, being able to make plays from the hash to the sidelines, and getting good depth in my zone. Weaknesses I would say man coverage because we didn’t play a lot of passing teams throughout my high school career. Also looking in the backfield when I shouldn’t and I think I need to work on my footwork more.”
He has also already set some very high goals for himself looking ahead to his career with the Hawkeyes.
“Lead the team in interceptions every year, become a captain, get my degree in three and a half years, start my freshman year, and help get the Hawkeyes into the college playoffs and then hopefully win a national title.”
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 20, 2017
As for a potential comparison for his game that fans may know, Craddieth chose Landon Collins and Ronnie Harrison.
“I like how fast and physical they play and how they’re always around the ball. Even if it’s a tip pass they seem to find it and get a turnover for their team.”
Craddieth opened up about when he knew he had legitimate D1 potential and how it feels to see all the hard work beginning to pay off.
“Probably like eighth grade going into the summer before my ninth grade year and it feels good for all the hard work to pay off.”
In closing, Craddieth sent out a message to finish out the interview.
“Just thanks to all my coaches I ever had and all the support from my family and real friends I wouldn’t have made it without them.”
Iowa fans, it’s time to get excited about this young man. He has star potential on the field, a great personality away from the game, and the work ethic to become a fan favorite. The future couldn’t be brighter for Dallas moving forward.
We hope that you enjoyed this interview and will follow along as Dallas takes the next step in his career. Please give him a follow on Twitter at @D_Cradd5. Also, please give Evan Massey and Lifestyle Sports 101 a follow on Twitter at @massey_evan and @LSports101 respectively.