(One of WA’s top Athletes/QB’s Josh Kraght-Lynden HS)
Lynden High School has literally been a mainstay in the top of 2A rankings for the past decade and they are always loaded with talented prospects. This year is no different and the trigger-man for their impressive offensive attack is QB Josh Kraght who can hurt defenses with his arm or his legs and also is a leader on their hard-hitting, ball-hawking defense.
As the starter for the Lions’ offense, Kraght completed 65% of his passes for 2,203 yards for 26 touchdowns, while rushing for 580 yards and 17 more scores. He also posted 41 tackles and six interceptions from his safety spot leading his team to a perfect 14-0 record and a state championship.
At 5’11, 175 pounds, Kraght isn’t a huge athlete, but he makes up for his lack of ideal height with football smarts and a playmaker’s mentality that allows him to seize the moment. With his athleticism, schools have been recruiting him to play on either side of the ball and he noted that while I prefer one, he’s open to playing almost anywhere if that gives him the opportunity to play in college.
“I started both ways for us and I love both sides of the ball,” Kraght told Northwest Elite Index recently. “I love offense, but I really like defense too. I just love playing football and competing, so playing on either side is fine with me.”
As far as which schools are showing him the most interest, Kraght said it is mainly coming from coaches and programs in the Big Sky.
“Eastern Washington likes me a lot,” Kraght noted. “We went there for our team camp and they like me as a defensive back. Montana State wants me as an athlete, Portland State saw me at a camp and said they like me and Humbolt State is also looking at me.
“My one offer is from an NAIA school — Montana State Northern — and I’m hoping that more schools will see what I can do and what I can bring to the table when they watch me try and get us another championship this year.”
This offseason, Kraght and his teammates have been hard at work getting ready to defend their championship from last season and he noted he’s really honed in on a couple of areas that he wanted to improve on.
“Our team goal is to win a championship, but my personal goal is to be more of a leader for my team,” Kraght said. “I am not worried about stats at all. I want to win a championship and help my team get there in any way that I can and if that means I put up really low stats, I’m fine with that.”
We will continue to keep track of Kraght this fall as he and the rest of he Lions teammates work toward a repeat championship… We will update news as it happens with him.