Cripps Shows D1 Capabilities

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 after a huge four-touchdown performance in a Thursday night win…

Coming into the season with a ton of hype can go one of two ways. Luckily for League City (TX) Clear Springs quarterback Zach Cripps, he has a solid support group. So when the class of 2014 prospect got his first win last weekend, that got a huge weight off of him. 

So when he lined up against Eisenhower Thursday night in a 49-32 win, he felt prepared and ready to make it happen.

"My receivers started working for me and I was able to find them. And once you start completing passes, you get on a roll," Cripps said. "Things start to click for you as a quarterback."

Perhaps ‘click' is the easy way of putting it. What Cripps was able to do last night was noteworthy. The 6-foot-3, 216-pound junior quarterback complete 70 percent of his passes and threw for 326 yards and four touchdowns. He also had a little over 30 yards rushing too.

Cripps was able to spread the ball around to receivers and backs, with three different guys finding the end zone. As for Cripps' confidence in the guys he is throwing to, that goes without question.

"Tonight they (Eisenhower) wanted to take the receivers one-on-one a lot. And I know my outside guys and they can take on anyone in the state of Texas," Cripps said. "We work well together as a team and I have my teammates support."

As Cripps navigates through a tough district schedule which starts next week, he will also began his travels as he has a number of Division I programs which he intends to visit.

"I was supposed to go to the LSU game a couple weeks ago, but I was late in signing up," Cripps said. "But I plan to get to LSU and a Texas A&M game and try to get to a Texas game."

Of the three schools mentioned, Cripps said as of late, one has been showing a bit more interest.

"LSU has been sending me a lot of stuff lately. I want to be sure to get out there and meet with the coaches and catch a game," Cripps said. 

In previous updates, Cripps has mentioned that Houston and Northwestern coaches have shown some interest as well.

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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