Recruiting: Catlin Likes His OSU Tour

Linebacker Kris Catlin of San Antonio (Madison), Texas, wrapped up his spring break last Friday with a one-day stop in Stillwater to see Oklahoma State. Catlin had already seen Texas A&M and Houston on their respective junior days and he also has offers from Missouri and Illinois in addition to his scholarship promise from the Cowboys.

"I thought it was a great looking campus and town," said Catlin, who made the stop in Stillwater with his father, Carl.

"The coaches and the player were all so down to earth. After the practice linebacker Andre Sexton grabbed me and took me over to see where he lives in the dorms. They are really like apartments and they are nice. I have to say I was a little surprised about how nice they were. They look like a great place to live.

"Andre told me that I could get his number from Coach (Glenn) Spencer and that I could call him any time if I had questions or if I just wanted to talk about the recruiting process."

The 6-1, 215-pound Catlin has excellent speed and is running track right now. In fact, it was after track practice on Monday that we caught up with Catlin who is back in school. Many of the Texas high schools had spring break last week.

A sprinter in track, he is a hitter on the football field that had 98 tackles last season and earned first team All-District honors in District 26-5A. Athletically, he has a best of 4.64 in the forty and a 330-pound max on the bench press, with a 450 max on the squat. His vertical jump is 32 inches.

While in Stillwater last Friday he got the chance to watch Sexton and others like James Thomas, Patrick Lavine, and Donald Booker playing linebacker in the defense now coordinated by Bill Young.

Catlin thought he would be pointed to the weakside and the "mike" linebacker. After practice, and along with a few other recruits, Catlin had a chance to tour the new west end zone facilities.

"They were incredible, the new facilities," said Catlin. "But I was kind of impressed with the old ones. The facilities they have now are pretty nice and I had a chance to check out Heritage Hall and see some of the great players that have played at Oklahoma State like Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders. Those are two of my heroes. I can tell you it is a very positive place."

Catlin said he is just taking his time with the recruiting process and Oklahoma State is certainly in the mix. He said he would also like to try getting to Missouri to check it out and also see what Illinois has.

"I'm looking at making a decision sometime in the early to mid-summer," said Catlin.

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