Recruiting: Zack Craig Switches To OSU

Oklahoma State picked up its 23rd verbal commitment in the 2010 recruiting class from a familiar source as Zack Craig reported that he has pledged to the Cowboys. Craig informed us he will become a fourth generation Oklahoma State student in his family.

The standout football and track performer at powerhouse Smithson Valley High School in Texas was committed to Colorado. But he told us after a crazy week that started with an offer from the Cowboys on Sunday and three days of trying to reach Colorado he made it official Wednesday evening with a confirmation call to OSU assistant Glenn Spencer and an email to Colorado.

"It has been kind of confusing on how this all came down," said the 6-3, 180-pound safety prospect that is playing both safety and cornerback this season. "Coach Gundy and Coach Spencer called me on Sunday and wanted me to commit to Oklahoma State.

" I told them that I wanted to talk to Colorado and Coach (Dan) Hawkins. I wanted to do it right. I tried to call them several times on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday but they never answered my calls and never called me back. So tonight I called Coach Spencer and asked him if I could email Colorado and that is what I did.

"I always wanted to be a Cowboy," added Craig. "This is a dream come true. The main reason I committed to Colorado was I wasn't sure Oklahoma State was going to offer. I wanted to commit so that I would assure myself of somewhere to play."

Craig had offers and interest from the likes of Baylor and Kansas State, and was also offered by new college program Texas-San Antonio.

Last season Craig had 83 total tackles, 43 unassisted tackles, 4 interceptions, and really developed a knack of blocking kicks with a blocked punt and three blocked field goals. His efforts earned him second team All-District 26-5A honors.

He visited Oklahoma State unofficially several times during the spring including during spring practice and the spring game. He was also there this summer for a camp.

Craig is the leader on a young Smithson Valley team this fall that opened with a loss to Converse Wagner 28-6, but bounced back with a win over vaunted Coinverse Judson 28-14. This season he has played well on defense and also has 180 yards as a kick returner. This week Smithson Valley plays San Antonio Reagan.

Craig will play his first game since knowing his college destination is family tradition Oklahoma State. Craig said he also visited with associate head coach Joe DeForest who told him he would play safety as a Cowboy.

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