Former Greenville High School standout Matthew Craig inked a national letter of intent Tuesday with Southeastern University in Lakeland. Craig is part of the upstart NAIA program’s second recruiting class. Pictured are, seated from left to right, Dorothy Marsh, Matthew Craig and Tammy Marsh. Standing, from left to right, GHS assistant coach Richard Kelly and head coach Earnest Hill. (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)
Former Greenville High School standout Matthew Craig inked a national letter of intent Tuesday with Southeastern University in Lakeland. Craig is part of the upstart NAIA program’s second recruiting class. Pictured are, seated from left to right, Dorothy Marsh, Matthew Craig and Tammy Marsh. Standing, from left to right, GHS assistant coach Richard Kelly and head coach Earnest Hill. (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)

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GHS standout signs with SEU

Published 3:16pm Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Former Greenville High School standout Matthew Craig couldn’t hide his excitement Tuesday.

The 6-foot-3,190-pound wide receiver inked a national letter of intent with Southeastern University in Lakeland.

“This is the best feeling,” Craig said. “It means everything to me to be able to play college football. It means all my hard work has paid off.”

Craig is part of the upstart NAIA program’s second recruiting class. SEU will not begin it’s first full official season until the fall of 2014.

“It’s going to be special to be on the school’s first (football) team,” Craig said.

The Fire became interested in Craig after the former Tiger took part in the 9th annual Max Emfinger All-American Bowl in January. He said SEU coaches have told him he will play wide receiver.

As a senior at GHS, Craig totaled 610 yards receiving and caught two touchdown passes.

Craig said he knows he has some work to do in order to be ready to hit the field for the Fire.

“It’s not going to be the same as high school,” he said. “I’m going to have to grow up a little. I’m going to have to get a little tougher, stronger and faster, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. Football is my passion and this is what I’ve always wanted to do.”

Craig will report to Lakeland Aug. 15.

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