Recruiting: Craig's Spring Halted By Flu

Defensive back Zack Craig, of Smithson Valley, Texas, is really put out by the H1N1 flu epidemic that is going on in Texas and has caused the University Interscholastic League to suspend all high school sports through May 11. The sports ban on activities has eliminated regional track meets and caused the state track meet to have a day added to it.

It is that process that has cost Craig a shot at running at state.

"It really is disappointing because they are going to take the top four from each region instead of the top three and just not have regional track," said the 6-2, 175-pound Craig. "They will take the top four and our mile relay team has the fifth best time in the region and I have the sixth best time in the 300-meter hurdles."

Craig just misses out where he would have had a chance to run in both events in a regional track meet. He has a 39.63 seconds clocking in the 300 hurdles this spring.

Now it is on to spring football full time but Wednesday night he found out that is on hold until May 11.

"We are a week into it and I thought we would continue to practice, but I saw my head coach out for dinner at a restaurant on Wednesday night and he told me that we can't even do football. I really didn't know if we would be able to practice or not until I saw my head coach. He said we'll take a break and pick it back up on May 11. We'll get the same amount of days to practice and a spring game just with this break in the middle."

Craig earned second team All-District 26-5A honors (defensive back) last season in that very tough district around San Antonio. He led his team, a traditional power in 5A, with 83 total tackles, 43 unassisted tackle, 4 interceptions, a blocked punt, and 3 blocked field goals.

"Coach has me playing cornerback this spring," said Craig, who looks like a natural safety but has the speed to play corner. "I can play either corner or safety."

Craig and other players like him could suffer some because of this ban that halts spring football. College coaches are on the road now for a four-week evaluation period and they already have limited opportunities to see players.

Craig is fortunate in that he has solid interest from Oklahoma State, where both his parents attended. Kansas, Baylor and Kansas State also are showing lots of attention.

Craig visited OSU and Kansas on his spring break and he has been to Baylor on multiple occasions. He has now been to Oklahoma State twice as he returned for the Orange-White spring game.

"I thought they looked good, a little rough on the edges, but overall, they have a lot of (good) players and I expect them to be pretty good next season," said Craig of the game and the team.

"I saw the stadium again and that is amazing. This time I saw more of the whole campus and got more of the campus atmosphere. Both my parents went there, and I was with my dad and he knows the campus better and showed me around to more places. I really felt the campus environment."

Craig said he will continue to work out on his own and with some teammates and be ready when practice resumes on May 11 and the opportunity for the college coaches to see him play.

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