Recruiting: Flaig Makes Stillwater Trip

Derrick Flaig, the Urbandale, Iowa defensive tackle turned linebacker for his upcoming senior season, is finishing up his summer at South Padre Island in Texas, an area that just endured a hurricane. That's a tough place to be for a vacation.

"It's a little hot, but other than that the weather is okay," said the 6-1, 220-pound Derrick Flaig. "There are a lot of areas down here without electricity, but we are staying with my uncle and he has electricity just no cable of internet right now," added Flaig in an show of what has become staples for entertainment for high school and college-age football players and kids in general. "We're still having a good time."

On the way down to South Padre Island from Iowa, Flaig and his family took in Stillwater and checked out the Oklahoma State campus.

"It was great, the visit was great," said Flaig very enthusiastically. "We toured all the facilities and their home field is great. It is a tremendous stadium and will even get better with all the things they are building into it.

"Coach (Robert) Matthews, the recruiting coordinator, showed us around and he is a great guy. I had a chance to sit down and talk with Coach (Tim) Beckman (defensive coordinator) about the defense and how I would fit into it. He is a good coach. Now the offensive coaches and Coach (Mike) Gundy were in meetings so I didn't see any of them.

"I did see the campus and it is fantastic. I think it would be a good fit for me. It is impressive."

Flaig said his high school team has already begun installation practices and will start camp on Aug. 2 when he gets back from vacation.

He missed a lot of last season and was playing with his hand on the ground at defensive tackle, and now he will play an inside linebacker which fits his size and speed (4.7) much better. Before injuries ended his season as a junior he had 28 tackles, 20 of those unassisted, eight tackles for loss, and four sacks.

"We left it with them saying they want to see my first two games of my senior season," said Flaig of what was discussed with Beckman and Matthews at OSU. "They said they need to see me playing standing up.

"We play a 4-4 defense with the two inside linebackers being mike and sam, and I'm going to play the sam (which would be the strongside inside linebacker). They want to see me standing up and I understand that. They said if I play the way they expect then the (scholarship) offer will come."

Like a lot of the OSU recruiting process this season here is another wait and see proposition with Flaig. Air Force is Flaig's only offer so far as other schools seem to want to wait and see some video as well of those early games. The schools on that list include Illinois, Iowa, Purdue, Texas Tech, Virginia, and Washington along with Oklahoma State.

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