Santos Still On The Go In Recruiting

Linebacker Dalton Santos of Van, Texas is a tackling machine. Checking my Texas high school stat source reveals that Santos finished last season with a whopping 173 tackles! The 6-3, 240-pound Santos, who could also wind up at the "Leo" defensive end if he sticks with his commitment to Oklahoma State, also had 21 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, an interception, and a fumble caused.

The season before he had 90 tackles as a sophomore with 4 sacks. He earned All-District 3A-14 honors and more after this season.

Santos made a pledge to the Cowboys last fall while visiting unofficially on a game day.

"I'm still an OSU commitment, but I'm looking at a bunch of stuff," said Santos. "There is a bunch of stuff out there. I've got offers now from TCU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, OU, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, and Houston.

"It has been solid now this spring and I have stayed busy. I have been to OU and last weekend I was at Texas A&M with my friend Eric Davis (defensive end from Tyler John Tyler) when he committed to Texas A&M, and next week I am going to Texas Tech for their junior day and then maybe Arkansas. Arkansas has offered me now."

Santos is friends with a lot of athletes going through the recruiting process. You could say he is the pace setter in East Texas among the 2012 prospects. One of those friends is Athens, Texas wide receiver Kendall Sanders, who committed to Oklahoma State last weekend.

"We do (know each other)," said Santos. "I was pretty excited that he committed and I am happy for him."

Sanders said he keeps in touchd with Oklahoma State assistant coaches Glenn Spencer and Joe Wickline at least a couple of times each week, either by calling or on Facebook.

With all this going around you what makes you still feel committed to Oklahoma State? "The coaching staff, I really like Coach (Mike) Gundy and all of the coaches," said Santos. "The facilties are the best there are anywhere and with (Brandon) Weeden and (Justin) Blackmon coming back they have something really serious going on at that university. They have great things going on there."

Santos has a busy summer planned with camps and combines and he said he wants to have a decision made -- "everything all done" -- before football.

"I want to be happy where I go."

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