Preparations are well underway at Tampa Catholic High School in Florida where wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers is announcing his decision at 11 a.m., a decision that will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
Craig-Myers might be Auburn’s best opportunity at landing an additional impact player.
The 4-star wide receiver has already cut his list down to two teams with Auburn’s only competition coming from the University of North Carolina.
“I’ve stopped trying to get anything out of him to be honest,” Tampa Catholic principal Thomas Reidy said with a laugh. “I saw him today and didn’t put him on the spot. I just told him to make sure he tells his mother beforehand.”
Reidy said ESPN reached out to the school’s football coach Mike Gregory to help arrange a meeting with Craig-Myers to see if the senior would be comfortable airing his decision on national television.
Craig-Myers' only request was that the event be held at a time when his classmates could take part in the event.
Reidy arranged for a 30-minute break during the day for all of the school’s 718 students to join Craig-Myers in the courtyard where he will be making his announcement.
The crowd is expected to exceed 900 people with all the additional faculty, alumni, Craig-Myer’s friends and family who will be on hand.
“It’s easy to go the extra mile for Nate,” Reidy said. “He’s a better person than football player. I’ve got to know him and his mom pretty well and they are great people. He’s one of the most popular kids in the school and not just because he’s an athlete. He’s a fan of everyone else. He goes out to the girls’ volleyball games because that’s just the type of kid he is.”
Five years ago, ESPN visited Tampa Catholic to cover alum Chaz Green signing with Florida and Christian Green picking Florida State, but the event was held after-school and not carried live on the network.
Craig-Myers transferred to Tampa Catholic for his junior season from Pasco High.
He caught 63 passes for 1,018 yards with 16 touchdowns as a senior. He finished the season with six interceptions and more than 1,400 yards of total offense.
The Florida native previously verbally committed to Auburn before changing his mind going into his senior year.
Craig-Myers decision could also help the Tigers land his half-brother Jayvaughn Myers.
Jayvaughn is a 3-star defensive back with the same final two schools as his brother. The former Florida verbal commit plans on signing his national letter of intent at 1 p.m. at Pasco High School.
Asked for a prediction, Reidy hedged his bets.
“My son is a huge Cam Newton fan and my brother is from North Carolina, so either way I think I can come up with an easy reason to make the trip down for a game with the family,” Reidy said.