Brick, NJ | 6000 | 200 | 4.60E | 2018
A four-year starter and team captain who shows up around the ball on nearly every play. An intelligent player who demonstrates read and react instincts, quick change of direction and the ability to shed blocks and make the tackle. True ball-hawk with natural instincts; plays with intensity and puts time into the small details, according to his head coach Kevin Callahan. He has embraced the leadership role as someone who holds teammates accountable; a gym rat who stays on campus year-round to work on improving his game. Doesn’t just accumulate tackles but also makes big plays; has seven interceptions and four blocked kicks heading into his senior season. He is a bit stiff in the hips, needs to do a better job opening up quicker and may have some athletic limitations. Footwork is solid but would like to see a little more fluidity in his backpedal. Possesses NFL-level skillset but when you consider that FCS safety Lorenzo Jerome, who has same talent level, went undrafted in 2016 due to a poor forty time, depending on how he tests, he could be selected anywhere on day three of the draft, or possibly go undrafted but he will unquestionably be on someone’s 53-man roster come week one. Former Monmouth alumni Miles Austin is now a scout with the Dallas Cowboys and has been in to scout him, as has nearly every NFL team. Miami Dolphins scout Terry Bradway was in attendance on this practice day observed, while the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders were in the previous week to check him out.
2016 (Junior): Started all 11 games at safety. Finished with 110 total tackles, which was second in the Big South and 17th in the FCS. Had three fumble recoveries (third nationally). His three blocked kicks was second most in the FCS. Consensus Second Team All-American. Named Second Team All-American by the Associated Press, AFCA and Stats Inc. Monmouth’s first consensus All-American. First Team All-Big South and All-ECAC honors.
2015 (Sophomore): Started all 11 games. Set the Monmouth single season record with 119 tackles. First Team All-Big South. Recorded double digit tackles in nine of 11 games. Also blocked a kick against Fordham (9/26).
2014 (Freshman): Started all 11 games. Finished second on the team in tackles with 78. Finished the season tied for first on the team in interceptions with 4. Finished with 9 passes defended.
High School: Played safety and running back under Coach Walt Currie at Brick Memorial High School. Helped the Mustangs to the NJSIAA State playoffs all three years he was a varsity member. First Team All-Shore Conference. Made 88 tackles, 10 pass breakups with a forced fumble and 3 fumble recoveries as a senior. Also ran for 540 yards and had 184 receiving yards with 6 touchdowns. Named A-South Defensive Player of the Year by the Asbury Park Press. Had 82 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles as a junior. Also had 612 yards rushing, 510 reception yards and 15 touchdowns. Also was a three-year letter winner for Brick Memorial in basketball.
Personal: Son of Lisa Basile and Charles Craig. Plans to major in business administration.