Will Loston Decide Early? (Part 1)

Houston (TX) Eisenhower S/WR Craig Loston already has the nation's power programs hot on his trail, and new suitors emerge everyday. In part one of this two-part feature, the talented youngster discusses those chasing him the hardest, the likelihood that he will play his college ball in the state of Texas, his familiarity with Michigan's contingent of Texas players, and more.

Craig Loston Profile

I’m hearing from a bunch of schools,” Loston told GoBlueWolverine. “Georgia, Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida, Notre Dame, Texas, Texas A&M, Colorado, Oklahoma State, Florida, Miami… I can’t even name them all. The schools that are on me the hardest are LSU, Notre Dame, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M.”

With so many programs expressing interest, Loston is content just to take it all in. While there are admittedly a few schools that he holds in a little higher regard, at the moment he is doing his best to keep an open mind.

“Right now, I am just looking at everybody,” he said. “I try to look and see who the schools got in the previous year at my position so I can know where I want to be at. I want to know where I fit in… where I feel at home.

Currently Loston’s home is in Texas, and as is the case with most top prospects from the Lone Star State, the in-state powers have put a bull’s-eye on his back. This time, though, proximity doesn’t give them the kind of advantage over their out-of-state competition that they are accustomed to having.

“It is very possible that I go out of state,” said Loston. “On a scale of one to ten, I’d say it’s an eight. I would rather get as far away from home as I can. Some kids stay around where they are (currently) and they end up getting into some trouble. I don’t want to fall into that category.”

Despite that assertion, it’s reasonable to assume that Texas and Texas A&M won’t let him get away without a fight. Standing 6-2.5, 195-pounds and capable of running the forty in 4.38 seconds Loston has big play ability… and doesn't take watching him for very long to see it.

“I’m a big dude that can cover sideline to sideline,” Loston reported. “I hit hard, make open field tackles, and interceptions. I can do pretty much everything. I have good teammates that can do that stuff too, so it’s not like I am the only one out there doing it. I’m just telling you what other people say. I had one dude tell me that I do everything. I can’t always see what other people see. I don’t know if that’s the truth, but that is what somebody told me.”

Modesty aside, Loston knows he’s an impact player. He also knows he can run. As a matter of fact, the youngster indicated he can really run. Last year he insists a few current Wolverines found out just how fast he was.

“I’ve run the 200 in 21.1 before,” he boasted. “I ran track against Troy Woolfolk. Actually I ran against his teammate, the receiver (Darryl Stonum). I beat him. It was at the Alief relays (GoBlueWolverine was in attendance at the event. For the story, click here). It was like a rivalry thing because Troy was talking in the newspaper. He said he didn’t really say what they printed. The newspaper said that Troy said he didn’t have any competition. We had a dude named Brandon Myers on our track team. He was the fastest person in the state of Texas and also in the nation. He ran on the US team in China and all that. Him and Troy were in the same heat. Brandon was beating Troy and he was saying ‘I thought you didn’t have no competition.’ Then he turned around and waved his hands telling Troy to come on. It had gotten started then!”

“The other dude (Stonum) was saying that he was going to win his race and he would put that on everything. I was like, ‘what race do you run?’ He said the 200. I said, ‘oh yeah, you’re in the same heat as me.’ He was in the lane ahead of me and within like seven steps I had got him. “

Stay tuned for part two to find out about Loston's timeline and how Michigan fits into his recruitment.

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