Cripps Has Plenty Looks

FOX Sports NEXT is in the streets this fall to bring you all the coverage from across the Midlands region. Recently, we caught up with Clear Springs quarterback Zach Cripps from League City, Texas. The junior slinger is ready to show his skills for 2012. And know that plenty of Division I programs will be watching…

When League City (TX) Clear Springs quarterback Zach Cripps came on the scene last season, there was already somewhat of a buzz going about him. Fast forward one year later the Cripps is still known as one of the top prospects in Greater Houston. 

And he has a year behind him where he worked on a many of things. One of those was himself.

"I improved a lot since last year. This summer I worked a lot on throwing with more velocity and accuracy," Cripps said. "I've added 15 pounds of muscle and I'm overall just a better quarterback."

Well there's no doubt that he will get the opportunity to show it. Right out of the gate, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Cripps will face one of the city's toughest defenses in North Shore this weekend. Cripps stated that the team has been putting in extra work for not only this weekend, but for the entire season.

"Every year we come into camp with the mindset that we are going to be the best team. And this has nothing to do with just talent," Cripps said. "We look to outwork everybody and our coaches have us going in the right direction."

It seems that the last statement would prove to be correct seeing that Clear Springs has been in the playoff picture for a number of years now. And all while Cripps looks to take his team to the next level, he also wants to put himself in the best position to land a coveted scholarship offer.

Right now, he does not hold one, but it looks as though there are more that a few programs recruiting him.

"I'd say that Texas A&M is the school I hear from the most. We have a lot of connections there with three former Clear Springs players there and one of our coaches too," Cripps said. "I talk with the coaches and have visited Texas too as well as Houston."

Cripps made it to the Alabama camp over the summer and he said he was invited to Northwestern too. The Wildcats coaches flew down to watch him throw.

"I was supposed to make it to the Northwestern camp, but could not make it. The coaches said that they may offer," Cripps said. 

He said that he will likely make it to College Station, Austin and Houston to attend games. Right now, Cripps said his closest connection is between the former rival schools in Texas and Texas A&M.

Ahmard Vital is responsible for Midlands Recruiting, mainly covering prospects in the state of Texas. He joined in 2005 and is the author of the newly released book, Awaken the Baller Within.
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