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North Carolina native Hunter Crafford elected to leave his home state because of the great educational opportunities and campus at Penn State and the chance to play football in the Big Ten Conference. He enters the season looking to add depth to the linebacker unit and earn a spot in the rotation or on special teams. Crafford played outside linebacker last spring after taking a redshirt season in 2013. He joins DeAndre Thompkins as Nittany Lions from North Carolina.
2013 - Freshman Season
Crafford lettered twice as a linebacker and long snapper for head coach Paul Cornwell at Ayden-Grifton High School. He was a two-time All-Carolina Conference selection and helped the Chargers win the 2011 NCHSAA 1A State Championship as a junior. He also was a team captain during his junior and senior seasons. Crafford was a member of the National Honor Society.
Full name is Cody Hunter Crafford. He is the son of Scott and Vickie Crafford. He has two older siblings, a brother, Thaddeus, and a sister, Tisha Mahon, who played softball at the University of North Carolina. He enjoys strength training, hunting and fishing. Crafford plans to major in kinesiology and pursue a career as a personal trainer or nutritionist. Born July 10, 1994 in Guilford County, N.C.