Piqua linebacker Craft signs with Cincinnati Christian


Craft signs with Cincinnati Christian

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Piqua High School senior Brett Craft signed his letter of intent to play football for Cincinnati Christian University. Shown with Craft are his mother Amy (left) and sister Mary Craft.


By Rob Kiser

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Brett Craft has never been afraid of a little bit of hard work.

On Thursday, in the Piqua High School commons, that hard work was rewarded with the opportunity to play football at the college level for the 5-foot-11, 239-pound linebacker.

The son of Amy Craft signed his letter of intent to play football for Cincinnati Christian University.

“I have been playing football since I was four,” Craft said with a smile. “This is like a dream come true to be able to continue to play. I am excited about it.”

Craft said the decision to go to CCU was an easy one.

“I loved it when I visited there,” he said. “I loved all the coaches.”

Particularly the head coach, who is none other than former Cincinnati Bengal all-pro safety David Fulcher.

“I am really excited about that,” Craft said about playing for Fulcher. “I feel like if I work hard, there is an opportunity for me to go in an contribute right away.”

And hard work is the definition of Craft’s game.

If there was a high school version of Jon Gruden’s NFL “Gruden Grinders”, Craft would be on the time.

“I am definitely a grinder,” Craft said. “I have always enjoyed hard work. I am not someone who is afraid to put a little work in.”

It is that determination and commitment that led to Craft’s success on the gridiron for Piqua.

After one tackle as a sophomore, he played in eight games as a junior, picking up 13 tackles and helping Piqua advance to the postseason for the first time since 2007.

As a senior, he broke into the Piqua starting lineup.

In nine games, he recorded 26 tackles, including 13 solo.

He had a sack, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.

His best game came against Franklin, where he recorded eight tackles.

“He has worked hard,” Piqua football coach Bill Nees said. “He is definitely a grinder. He started out as a special teams player and worked his way into the lineup. He ended up being a great player for us.”

Nees said Craft has a lot of untapped potential.

“Definitely,” Nees said. “He enjoys getting in the weight room, working hard at practice — all the things that make you a better football player. He kept himself in shape this winter by wrestling, which is going to help him.”

Nees said playing for Fulcher is a great opportunity for him.

“He is going to be playing for a former NFL player,” Nees said. “It is an up and coming program and they have recruited this area hard. It is a real good fit for him.”

And Thursday was a day for that hard work to be rewarded.

“It takes a little stress off,” Craft said. “Now, I know this is where I am going to play next year.”

And continue to “grind” his way to success.

Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Piqua High School senior Brett Craft signed his letter of intent to play football for Cincinnati Christian University. Shown with Craft are his mother Amy (left) and sister Mary Craft.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_021617mju_fb_phs_craftsigning-2.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Piqua High School senior Brett Craft signed his letter of intent to play football for Cincinnati Christian University. Shown with Craft are his mother Amy (left) and sister Mary Craft.
Craft signs with Cincinnati Christian
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