Su'a Cravens

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Suʻa Cravens
USC Trojans No. 21
Position Safety/Linebacker
Class Junior
Career history
  • USC (2013–present)
High school Murrieta (CA) Vista Murrieta
Personal information
Date of birth (1995-07-07) July 7, 1995 (age 20)
Place of birth Los Angeles, California
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Suʻa Cravens (born July 7, 1995) is an American football safety and linebacker. He attended Vista Murrieta High School and currently plays for the University of Southern California. He was named 2012 High School Defensive Player of the Year by USA Today.[1]

High school career[edit]

A native of Los Angeles, California, Cravens attended Temecula Valley High School as a freshman in 2009. He then transferred to Vista Murrieta High School, where he had 90 tackles, 8 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries and 3 forced fumbles as a sophomore. He earned Max Preps Sophomore All-American second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team, and All-Southwestern League first team honors.

In his junior year, Cravens played linebacker and defensive back on defense, as well as running back and wide receiver on offense. For the year, he had 98 tackles, 11 sacks, 3 interceptions, 6 deflections, 1 fumble recovery and 4 forced fumbles on defense and also caught 20 passes for 239 yards (17.0 avg.) with 4 TDs and ran for 673 yards on 75 carries (9.0 avg.) with 15 TDs on offense, as Vista Murrieta went 14–0 and captured the CIF Inland Division title with a 35–28 win over perennial powerhouse Corona Centennial.[2] As a senior, Cravens had 97 tackles, 8 sacks, 3 interceptions, 4 deflections, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 forced fumbles and 3 blocked punts on defense in 2012, and also caught 21 passes for 342 yards (16.3 avg.) with 8 TDs and ran for 200 yards on 17 carries (11.8 avg.) with 6 TDs on offense. Vista Murrieta went 13–1. Their only loss came in the CIF Inland Division final against Corona Centennial.[3] Cravens also participated in track & field at Vista Murrieta, where he competed in jumps and posted a personal-best leap of 1.93 meters (6 feet, 4 inches) in the high jump.[4]

Regarded as a five-star recruit by, Cravens was listed as the No. 1 safety prospect in his class. He played in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.[5] He chose USC over offers from nearly every BCS program in the US, and enrolled in spring 2013.

College career[edit]

In spring practice in Cravens' first year at USC, he tore his meniscus on April 5, 2013.[6]

Cravens started in 13 games for the Trojans as a true freshman, totaling 52 tackles and 4 interceptions. He was named a first-team Freshman All-American by multiple sports outlets, as well as being an All Pac-12 honorable mention.

Cravens returns as the starting strong safety as a sophomore in 2014.


A native of Temecula, California, Cravens is the son of Kevin and Yolanda Cravens. His older sister Malia Cravens is a guard on the USC Trojans women's basketball team.[7] His older brother Siaki played defensive line for Hawaii.[8] His grandfather, Jack Cravens, played basketball and baseball at Brigham Young (1957–1959). His cousin Jordan Cameron plays for the Cleveland Browns and cousin Colby Cameron played at Louisiana Tech.

With family roots from Hawaii, Cravens is a distant cousin of Manti Te'o.[9] His mother is second cousin with David Fulcher.[9] His uncle is married to Kyle Whittingham's sister.[9] ,


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