Craddock named top Australian kicking prospect in class of 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Continuing an aggressive and exciting recruiting year, punter and place-kicker Brad Craddock has signed a financial-aid agreement to play for the University of Maryland, head football coach Randy Edsall announced Thursday.
Craddock, a native of Adelaide, Australia, was a four-sport athlete in high school and learned to punt playing Australian Rules football. He was rated as the top Australian kicking prospect in the class of 2012 by Chris Sailer Kicking.
Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall said, “Brad is an extremely talented kicker and punter with a very strong leg and excellent hangtime and distance with his kicks. We are excited that Brad has decided to come to the University of Maryland to continue his academic and athletic career. Having had experience with an Australian punter previously, I felt that Brad would be a great fit based on film and recommendations of our kicking and International contacts. We look forward to having Brad with us when our team reports to camp on August 5th.”
Craddock began playing Australian Rules football at age eight and also played soccer, tennis and ran track for his high school, Tabor Christian College. He spent the last year-and-a-half training with OzPunt, an Australian punting, kicking and holding academy.
He will have all four years of eligibility available at Maryland.