USC football vs. No. 5 Stanford, November 16, 2013, USATSI photos
2014: Cravens returns as the starting strong safety as a sophomore in 2014.
2013: Cravens, who enrolled at USC in the spring of 2013 after graduating a semester early from high school, started at strong safety as a first-year freshman in 2013 and made quite an impact. Overall in 2013 while appearing in and starting 13 games (he suffered a groin injury against Utah and missed the Oregon State game), he had 52 tackles, including 1.5 for losses of 4 yards, plus 4 interceptions for 54 yards (13.5 avg), 1 deflection, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. He also returned a kickoff for 33 yards (33.0 avg) and a punt for 1 yard (1.0 avg). He made the 2013 Sporting News Freshman All-American first team, Athlon Freshman All-American first team, Phil Steele Freshman All-American first team, CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-American first team and 247Sports.com True Freshman All-American second team. He made 2013 All-Pac-12 honorable mention. He missed the last half of 2013 spring practice after having surgery for torn cartilage in his knee. He had 4 tackles with an interception at Hawaii, then 3 tackles (0.5 for loss) against Washington State, 6 tackles and a forced fumble against Boston College and 5 tackles against Utah State. He had 6 tackles, an interception and a deflection at Arizona State, 7 tackles and a 1-yard punt return against Arizona State and 5 tackles (1 for a loss) and recovered a fumble at Notre Dame. He had a tackle and returned an interception 54 yards against Utah. He had 3 tackles at California, then 3 tackles and an interception against Stanford, 2 tackles and he returned a kickoff 33 yards at Colorado, 6 tackles against UCLA and 1 tackle against Fresno State.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2012 honors included USA Today All-USA Defensive Player of the Year, Parade All-American, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, ESPN 150, Rivals 100, Scout 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Gatorade California Player of the Year, finalist for Cal-Hi Sports California Mr. Football, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, All-CIF Inland Division Defensive MVP, Los Angeles Times All-Area, Riverside Press-Enterprise All-Area and All-Southwestern League as a senior safety, linebacker, running back and wide receiver at Vista Murrieta (Calif.) High. He 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 and was the CIF Inland Division finalist in 2012.
As a 2011 junior, he was Max Preps All-American first team, ESPNHS.com All-American second team, Max Preps Junior All-American first team, ESPNHS.com Underclass All-American first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, ESPNHS.com All-State first team, Cal-Hi Sports State Junior Player of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Inland Division Offensive MVP, Los Angeles Times All-Area Player of the Year and Riverside Press-Enterprise All-Area Player of 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 in 2011 as Vista Murrieta went 14-0 and won the CIF Inland Division title.
As a 2010 sophomore, he made Max Preps Sophomore All-American second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team and All-Southwestern League first team as he had 90 tackles, 8 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries and 3 forced fumbles. Vista Murrieta was the CIF Inland Division finalist.
He attended Temecula Valley High as a 2009 freshman.
PERSONAL: His brother, Siaki, was a defensive lineman at Hawaii (2010-12) who previously played at Utah (2008). His sister, Malia, was on the women's basketball at Hawaii in 2012 before transferring to USC, where she was briefly on the 2013 Women of Troy basketball team before joining the track team as a high jumper. His cousins, Jordan and Brynn Cameron, played football (2008-10) and women's basketball (2005-09), respectively, at USC; Jordan also played men's basketball at USC (2008) and BYU (2007) and now plays tight end for the NFL's Cleveland Browns. Another cousin, Colby Cameron, was a quarterback at Louisiana Tech (2009-12) before signing with the NFL's Carolina Panthers. His grandfather, Jack Cravens, played basketball and baseball at BYU (1957-59). He is related by marriage to Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. The second cousin of his mother, Yolanda, is former Arizona State and NFL safety David Fulcher. A distant cousin is former Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te'o, now with the NFL's San Diego Chargers.