ND Tosses Its Name Into The Hat

Two weeks ago, Notre Dame assistant coach Mike Haywood made the trip down to Eisenhower High in Houston, Texas to check out class of 2009 safety Craig Loston. Haywood told the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Scout.com top-100 prospect that he would have something for him when he came back.

Haywood made a return trip to the school on Wednesday afternoon.

"He brought Charlie Weis with him," Craig Loston said.

Haywood also brought something else.

"He gave me an envelope," Loston began. "He said flip it over. I did and it said football scholarship. I started smiling, gave him a handshake and a little hug. Then I went back to class."

Loston couldn't remember all of his written scholarship offers. He reported full-rides from Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Minnesota, Colorado, Florida, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and LSU.

"I'd have to be at home to look, to tell you the others," he said.

Loston has been receiving mail from Notre Dame for quite awhile.

"I know in the previous years they had a good little squad," Loston said. "This year they were down a little bit because they were young. Next year they'll have some experience so they should be better. I don't know too much about them, but I'm going to start doing my research on them."

This past fall, Loston had 85 solos, 23 assists and 3 interceptions. He also had 847 yards of total offense from his receiver spot.

"I can play the whole field," Loston stated.

"I coached a kid a named Brodney Pool," Eisenhower head coach Ray Evans said. Pool is actually Loston's cousin, and went on to play for Oklahoma and then the Cleveland Browns. "Both of them play the same position. This kid here I think is bigger, and he's faster. Craig has been starting on our varsity since the ninth grade. He's got size and range and he might be our best receiver, and we have two good receivers here."

Loston is one of the fastest players in the country. He ran a 4.26 40-yard dash at an Oklahoma camp, and ran back-to-back 4.3s at the LSU and Minnesota camps. Loston can bench press 285 pounds, and squat 430.

Before all these programs began showing major interest in Loston, he favored Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia.

"It's not going to stay like that forever," he added.

"I'm going to get out of this state," Loston said. He used to live in Florida before moving to Houston his freshman year. "I'm not going to any schools in Texas. I want to get out and explore the world. I don't want spend all my life in Texas.

"I'm looking for a school that has a good PreMed program, and a team that has a chance to go to the National Championship, things like that."

Loston said he is going to wait until next year before announcing what school he is going to attend. Notre Dame is in the running for a visit. He went to Oklahoma for the Texas A&M game, and Florida for the Tennessee game this year. He will go back to Norman for Junior Day this weekend, and also plans to attend Texas' junior day as well.

Loston has a 3.1 GPA.

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