Criss ready for busy weekend

Quietly, Omaha (Nebr.) Creighton Prep has been producing some solid division one talent in recent years. One of Prep's top prospects this year is Scott Criss. Criss, a defensive tackle for Prep who is moving outside to defensive end, has that size, speed and toughness that you like to see in defensive ends. Criss will attend two annual spring games this weekend.

Scott Criss, a 6-foot-4 and 240-pound, defensive lineman from Omaha (Nebr.) Creighton Prep is doing track for Prep right now. He is a three sport standout and it could have been four had two sports not overlapped.

"I am doing track right now," Criss said. "I play three sports. I play football, basketball and now track. I had played baseball up to this year, but decided to do track."

From an interior defensive line position, Criss put up some solid numbers and was recognized with an honorable mention all-metro honor and has already been tapped to be one of the captains for Prep this fall.

"Last season I had 27 assisted tackles, four unassisted tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. I was an honorable mention all-metro selection as a defensive tackle last year and was chosen as a captain for next season."

While Criss played along the interior last year he will be jumping outside to defensive end this fall. There was a need for him inside last year and there were still some plays that allowed him to have some defensive end responsibilities.

"I played inside at defensive tackle last year and will be moving outside to defensive end this year. Some of the tackle plays last year would still allow for me to have outside contain last year.

"There was also a need for someone inside last year. The McDermott twins were seniors this past year and they just put me next to McDermott at defensive tackle."

There is no debate among college coaches right now where Criss is better suited to play at the collegiate level. His experience inside has helped him refine a skill set that will make him tough as a defensive end.

"Everyone likes me to play defensive end in college. I think that I have good size. I can take on any tight end that comes at me. I think that I can get off blocks well and that I can ready plays."

Criss is still waiting to pick up his first offer, but he is getting a lot of looks right now. "I haven't gotten any offers yet, but I have been getting mail from Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa and Iowa State."

When Criss makes his decision it will be about academics first. Being realistic, Criss knows that he will need an education to fall back at some time in the future. After the education aspect there will be some consideration for athletics.

"I would say that the biggest thing would probably be academics. I mean, who knows what will happen when college is over and my parents want me to get a good education. Second would be athletic facilities and last would be tradition."

The Huskers are obviously a team that stands out to Criss, after having grown up in Nebraska and being just down I80 from Lincoln, but he isn't sure where they like him to play. He might find out this coming weekend.

"I am not really sure where Nebraska likes me to possibly play. I have just been getting some mail from them. I am going to the spring game next weekend in Lincoln. That's about it."

Being a home-grown product, Criss said that it was good to see a former defensive coordinator come home to Lincoln. He was also excited when one of the most successful coaches in college football history decided to return as well.

"I was actually really happy when Bo Pelini came back. He's a defensive guy and I play defense. It's really exciting, especially with Tom Osborne coming back. I think that it's great for Nebraska.

"I think his style is about speed and being physical. I think that his style matches my ability. I run a 5.0-second 40-yard dash and I'm big. I can get out and run. I play basketball and I am just the kid that will go and knock you over and get the ball."

Criss has been to a recruiting combine already and will attend to spring games this coming weekend. After that, he has thoughts about attending some team camps, including Nebraska's, and some neighboring schools.

"I went to recruiting combine in Missouri, of course the spring game this weekend, I am planning on the Nebraska camp, the Kansas camp, Kansas State camp and I believe the Iowa camp. I was invited to the Kansas State game which is after the Nebraska game. I am going there after Lincoln."

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