Recruiting: Craig Has Strong OSU Connection

Several recruiting prospects that were on spring break stopped by to check out Oklahoma State's spring football practice on Tuesday. One of those was cornerback Zack Craig of Smithson Valley, Texas.

The 6-2, 175-pound Craig is a really good athlete that has posted a 39.63 seconds time in the 300 meter hurdles this spring. In football he earned second team All-District 26-5A honors (defensive back) in that very tough district around San Antonio.

To top it off Craig, who was visiting Oklahoma State on his spring break with his teammate Randall Perkins and his mother Jan and his little brother, is a potential fourth generation Oklahoma State student on his father's side. His dad, Steve Craig, who didn't get to make the trip, is originally from the San Antonio area and is a third generation OSU student.

His mom and dad met while as students at Oklahoma State. That's some heavy Cowboy connections.

"It's something I'll consider," said Craig of being part of an OSU legacy. "It's good in that I am familiar with Oklahoma State. I don't know exactly how it will figure in, but it will be a factor when I make my decision."

Craig, who last season led his team, a traditional power in Smithson Valley, with 43 unassisted tackles, has been hearing from Stanford and Mississippi. On this recent trip this week they visited OSU and Kansas.

When we spoke to him Saturday morning he had just returned from another visit to Baylor. He has been there he said three or four times. Last season Craig had 83 total tackles, 4 interceptions, and has really developed a knack of blocking kicks with a blocked punt and 3 blocked field goals.

The trip this week served the purpose of really giving Zack a look at some schools and a major introduction into the recruiting process.

"We did get back home before the snow," said Jan Craig. "The trip went well. Oklahoma State has a good program and we had a nice tour of the facilities. We were just taking it all in. Kansas went very well and Zack liked it."

"Oklahoma State went really good," said Zack. "We had talked before and I had sent them my tape so they could see how I played. This was better because they got to meet me and see me as a person.

"I had a chance to talk to the corners coach, Coach Jones and I talked to Coach Gundy, and Coach (Johnny) Barr (director of recruiting) showed me around the whole time. They are people people, you know the kind of people you are comfortable with and you can talk about anything. The facilities which we toured, they aren't finished but you can tell they are going to be amazing."

Craig also had good things to say about his stop at KU in Lawrence. "It went good too," added Craig. "They have a really good indoor facility and I got to see all of their new facilities. I spoke with Coach Mangino before the practice and then he came up and spoke to me again after the practice. The campus is really nice."

Craig said he has been in contact with Baylor since February and has been there to visit three or four times. The most recent visit left him planning on going to Baylor's camp in June and the Baylor coaches told him they would be by Smithson Valley to see him during the Rangers' spring practice.

Craig hinted that he would be back up to check out OSU again soon, maybe the next time with his dad. It doesn't matter as both parents know the campus.

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