Super sophomore discusses recruiting process

Aldine Eisenhower safety Craig Loston gave the phrase "early commitment" new meaning earlier this year when he verbally committed to Texas A&M after his sophomore season. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop talked to the junior to be about his commitment and his plans for the recruiting process.

Early recruiting went to a new level last February for Texas A&M when sophomore sensation Craig Loston verbally committed to the Aggies along with junior Aldine Eisenhower (TX) teammate Roderick Davis.

"I went down to A&M and everything was great," Loston said. "Both Rod and I felt it, so we committed."

The 6-foot-2, 198-pound safety has that rare combination of size, speed, and physical play that will surely make him one of the top Texas prospects in his 2009 class.

"I'm still growing. The doctor says I'll probably hit 6-foot-4 before I'm done," Loston said. "My fastest 40 time is a 4.24. I posted that at a camp last spring."

But it's not just his natural physical skills that make him a special football player. He has the instincts and playmaking ability coaches are looking for in a safety prospect.

"My strength is my vision and seeing the whole field. I'm pretty good at reading what's going on in front of me and making the play," Loston said. "Once I get there, I think I'm a good tackler. I can lay a pretty good hit."

Obviously, college coaches think he's a pretty good player as well. Loston is already a hot commodity on the recruiting scene, and he's still 20 months away from signing his letter-of-intent.

"I went to the LSU with some of my teammates and they were interested in me," Loston said. "I just got back from Minnesota with Rod, and then I'm going with my coach in July to see Florida. My coach says they are interested in me."

With the Houston native taking several campus trips this summer, what's the status of his commitment to Texas A&M?

"I'm still committed to Texas A&M, but my mom wants me to see some other schools to make sure I made the right decision," Loston said. "A&M was great, but it was the first school I ever saw so I need to check everything out."

Asked about his trip to Minnesota, Loston gave the Golden Gophers high marks.

"It was a great visit. It's hard to describe, but it was just different than what I'm used to down here," Loston said. "Minnesota certainly stood out the most so far."

After his trip to Florida in July, Loston says he will begin focusing on his junior season at Aldine Eisenhower. The Eagles open up with Humble High School in August.

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