Recruiting: Cross Has Three Offers

Offensive line prospect Travis Cross of Plano (West), Texas, a member of the class of 2011, is hearing from schools coast to coast such as UCLA, LSU, Syracuse, and Notre Dame. But the 6-5, 270-pound athletic prospect (5.0 in the forty) has three scholarship offers at this point and they are Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and Tulsa.

"I'm really honored to already have scholarship offers," said Cross on Sunday evening while watching the Dallas Cowboys game with the New York Giants. "Did you just see that interception, and then coming back on the kickoff that fumble?"

While being a Dallas Cowboy fan, Cross does not have a decided favorite at the college level. However, after being in Stillwater on Saturday for the Oklahoma State win over Rice he likes what he saw there.

"I was very impressed with the whole atmosphere," said Cross. "The crowd was up on every play and they were all energetic and hyped up. After the game we got to go down on the field and then we were able to go through the tunnel and into the locker room and hear Coach (Mike) Gundy.

"He had a great message and critique about how they need to improve. Then he talked to the players about their point system. He addressed the players that had been late to class or meetings or skipped class and told them what they needed to do. I really like that point system. It keeps everybody in check. He and the coaches there are holding the players accountable. I like that."

Cross is a sharp young man that plays left tackle for Plano West. He could play more as in both sides of the ball.

"It's been talked about but the belief is to have a full-ready offensive tackle rather than a half-ready player on either side of the ball," said Cross. "We're 2-2, we lost to Southlake Carroll and Flower Mond Marcus, but we beat North Crowley and Naaman Forest.

"That was an upset on Friday and we did it without Jackson Jeffcoat, a top defensive end prospect in the class of 2010. Michael Kastzen stepped in and filled in and I had all the faith in the world in Michael. I knew he would step up and go hard every play until the end. This week we have Allen and that is shaping up to be a challenge. I'm looking forward to it."

Not only is Cross athletic but he is strong. He has improved his bench press to closing on passing 300 pounds. He has the squat max at 450 pounds. A former baseball and soccer athlete, Cross throws the shot put and discus in track.

He is a good student that is already excited about the recruiting process and he got a good taste of what college football and being a student-athlete in college is like at Oklahoma State.

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