Recruiting: Catlin Wanted Last LB Spot

Linebacker Kris Catlin of San Antonio (Madison), Texas has had Oklahoma State at or near the top of his list throughout the recruiting process and according to the standout linebacker, who is just a shade below 6-2 and weighs in at 215, it was a no brainer to make his pledge to Oklahoma State when he did Wednesday. You could say Catlin was monitoring the situation for the right time.

We thought Catlin would wait until the end of the summer to make his commitment, and he said the way he saw it there wasn't time.

"They had one more inside linebacker spot open and there were other players looking at committing to Oklahoma State," said Catlin. "That was my spot and I wasn't going to let anybody else take it.

"I was watching and Coach (Glenn) Spencer was keeping me up to date on it. I just felt it was the best position for me, even before they were down to one spot. The coaching staff is so easy to get along with and I like the school and the town. It was the right move."

Catlin joins a stellar group of linebackers that the Cowboys are putting together in the 2010 class that also includes Texans Caleb Lavey of small school powerhouse Celina and Stephen Maeweather of Sharpstown High School in the Houston area.

Catlin was a first team All-District 26-5A last season making 98 tackles and all kinds of defensive plays all over the field. He is a very active and physical linebacker by all accounts and scouting reports. Catlin turned down the likes of Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Texas A&M, Houston, Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri to go with OSU.

Thursday was also the last day of school, but Catlin isn't wasting time as he is going to work ahead.

"I am going to get ahead and I'm starting summer school next week," said Catlin. "I'm not working to graduate early, just getting ahead with requirements before my senior year."

In football, Madison just completed spring football but there is work ahead this summer. "Spring football went well, but I didn't play all that much," explained Catlin.

"The coaches were teaching the younger players what it takes to be on varsity and they were getting a lot of reps. In the spring game I played two series and then called it quits. This summer I am committed to the Madison Mavericks and doing anything and everything it takes to win a state title."

Catlin has a 3.2 GPA, and he is a tremendous worker in the weight room. Catlin will be a good addition on and off the field in the Oklahoma State program.

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