Keion Cross is taking his time with the recruiting process. After earning Pikes Peak Region MVP and Six Zero Strength all-state honors in 2016, the 5-foot-9, 160-pounder from Colorado Springs (Colo.) Rampart has seen his recruitment heat up.
The class of 2018 athlete picked up an offer from the hometown Air Force Falcons last fall and has since added offers from Hawaii, Howard and Northern Colorado. Cross is patiently waiting out the process, but admits there is a pull to play for his dad at the Air Force Academy, where Tim Cross serves as the Falcons' defensive line coach.
The younger Cross visited the Academy for Junior Day earlier this spring.
"Yeah, there's always that little temptation, but he just lets me do my own thing," Cross said of playing for his dad at AFA. "It's really just up to me. When I went to their Junior Day, they had a really good Junior Day. I was just taking it all in."
For now, he holds no recruiting favorites.
"It's wide open right now, because it's still early," said Cross, who also took a Junior Day visit to Colorado this spring.
Boise State, Colorado, North Dakota, North Dakota State, San Diego State, and Wyoming are also showing Cross strong interest. With his dad previously serving on staffs at Texas, Minnesota and Syracuse, Cross has lived all over the country and knows what to expect with the recruiting process. Therefore, he isn't necessarily waiting for an offer from a particular school.
A dream offer, though, would be where his dad served as a strength coach before arriving at Air Force.
"I'm thinking maybe UT, because I lived in Texas so long. But it's really wide open right now," he added.
This summer, Cross is hoping to get out to his dad's alma mater, Northern Colorado, as well as San Diego State and Wyoming. Schools, including AFA, are recruiting him as an athlete. Recruiters have told him they like his explosiveness, heart, toughness, and the fact he plays bigger than he is. He will likely end up at slot receiver or cornerback in college.
At Rampart, Cross exploded onto the scene as a do-everything quarterback and cornerback. He rushed for 781 yards and eight scores offensively, while tallying three interceptions and 31 tackles as a defensive back. His big play ability earned him league MVP honors.
Cross said the military lifestyle at the Academy intrigues him.
"That doesn't really phase me as much. It's just the adjustment part that would probably be the biggest thing. I like what they do over there. It seems pretty cool," he said of AFA.
Air Force and Hawaii are recruiting him the hardest, he said. Cross has no timetable on announcing a commitment. His relationships with coaches and a comfortable fit are the two biggest factors he will focus on in his decision.