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Ja’Cyais Credle: “Stretching the Field”

By Barry Every
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As a junior he led the Tigers in receiving with 41 receptions for 792 yards and seven touchdowns, this after missing most of his sophomore season with a broken collarbone.

It’s been a real carousel of coaches at Columbus (GA) Carver of late with four changes over the last four seasons. Second year Head Coach Corey Joyner seems to have righted the ship as the Tigers finished (9-2/7-1) in 2018. With several key players back from last year’s squad the coming season looks very promising.

One player that will play a major role in how far the Tigers go in 2019 is 6-foot-4, 190-pound receiver Ja’Cyais Credle. As a junior he led the Tigers in receiving with 41 receptions for 792 yards and seven touchdowns, this after missing most of his sophomore season with a broken collarbone.

Credle’s comeback season earned him Region 1-AAAA First Team honors while being selected Second Team All-Bi-City by the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. That’s not all he accomplished as a junior, as a starting power forward he led the Tiger’s Basketball team to the 1-AAAA State Championship. Credle averaged 10 rebounds per game while chipping in 5.4 points per contest.

“This is one of the most gracious and appreciative kids on the team,” Joyner said. “He is very humble and welcomed the new coaching staff with open arms when we arrived last year. Credle works hard in school, is a model student and is already qualified. What more could you want.”

Currently the jumbo field stretcher holds a 3.1 GPA and has scored an 18 on the first take of the ACT. He plans on retaking the test again in September. As far as his weight room numbers go Credle’s has a 225-pound bench max to go along with a 425-pound squat. He also ran track for the first at the request of Coach Joyner, competing in the 4x100-meters and 200-meters.

“He is one of the hardest working kids we got; I even came up with a special drill to break him and was unsuccessful,” Joyner said. “This is someone that simply doesn’t get a break going from football to basketball and back to football. He has great hands, range and speed while being an excellent route runner; he is really agile for being so big.”

Credle currently holds 16 scholarship offers which include Central Florida, Colorado State, East Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wake Forest. He is also receiving heavy interest from Auburn, Florida State and North Carolina.

“Right now the schools that are really standing out to me are UCF and Virginia,” Credle said. “Coach Darrell Wyatt ad Marques Hagans really make me feel like I’m wanted. They take the time to discuss the plans on how they are going to use me.”

This past spring the only camps he attended were 7-on-7 team camps at Auburn, Georgia and Kennesaw State. He has taken unofficial visits to Central Florida, Georgia State, Tennessee, Virginia and Wake Forest. He has also been in talks with coaching staffs at Central Florida, Colorado State and Virginia about setting up official visits. Credle has not set a date for making his intentions known.

“I’ve had recruiters tell me that they are unsure about his top end speed, but no one ever walks him down,” Joyner said. “We have timed him at 4.53 in the 40-yard dash and that seems pretty fast to me for a giant receiver. I think he could play at a Georgia or Florida State. I definitely think he is as good Tamorrion Terry who I coached against a few years ago. I even think he is faster than Terry while being able to make the same kind of plays.”

While coach Joyner compares Credle’s game to the former Ashburn (Ga.) Turner standout; Credle aims to model his football exploits after someone else.

“I really look up to Julio Jones, he is such a dominant player,” Credle said.  “He has great size, hands and speed; that’s how I see my game.”

Carver won 11 or more games a season from 2006 to 2013, including a State Championship in 2007.  Credle has a burning desire to lead the Tigers back to gridiron greatness. This means winning a Region Title and claiming the coveted #1-seed. They will also have to break a three game losing streak to Cairo (Ga.), the winners of two of the last three Region Crowns.

“I just have to continue to improve my game, that’s all I’ve thought about since a season ending loss,” Credle said. “This means working hard every day and being willing to do what it takes to help my team win. I feel I’m a very good route runner but I could improve my acceleration in and out of my breaks.”

Credle is definitely one of the top receivers in all of South Georgia, if not the entire state. His ability to adjust to the ball in the air, like ripping down a rebound separates him from the pack. He is a vertical and horizontal threat while being a complete mismatch for smaller defensive backs.

Carver starts the season off August 23rd at Hamilton (Ga.) Harris County. But the game that everyone needs to pencil in on their calendar takes place on October 11th when the Tigers host Cairo. Credle will undoubtedly play a major role in the outcome of this contest.