While hundreds of Texas athletes converged on the Texas A&M campus for the 7-on-7 state tournament this weekend, a pair of highly regarded Aldine Eisenhower teammates not participating took the opportunity to take in some of the action and visit the A&M campus.
Texas A&M commits Rod Davis and Craig Loston made the two hour drive from Houston with Davis' mother who had yet to see the university her son plans to attend in 2008.
"We thought our 7-on-7 team would be up here playing in the state tournament but we didn't make it," Loston said. "Rod had planned to come up anyway with his mom, so I made the trip with them."
The junior will be one of the top prospects in the Class of 2009 after registering a whopping 135 tackles as a playmaking sophomore, and made an early commitment along with Davis during a Texas A&M junior day event in late January. However, both Loston and Davis decided to recently visit LSU and Minnesota with their coach, which led to speculation that the talented duo was wavering on their verbal pledges.
"I'm solid to A&M," Loston said. "My family and coach just wanted me to see some other schools since I'm just a junior and I made an early decision. I've seen LSU and Minnesota, and A&M is still my choice."
Loston and Davis were also scheduled to visit Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators later this month, but that trip appears to be on-hold for an unfortunate circumstance.
"My coach can't travel right now," Loston said. "His uncle is very sick and he's staying down here to be with him so we won't be making that trip."
The Houston native enjoyed his visit to College Station over the weekend.
"I really like the three-story dorms, the Callaway Villas," Loston said. "We got to walk around the campus again and we hung out at the mall. We also got to see the A&M coaches. I feel comfortable with everything there."
The 6-foot-2.5, 187 pound safety also likes hanging out with his best friend and fellow commit Rod Davis.
"We knew each other back in junior high when I was in seventh grade and he was in eighth grade," Loston said. "But we really became good friends at the beginning of last season. We have a lot in common and we hang out together all the time."
His relationship with the senior defensive line prospect became even more apparent when talking about the recruiting process.
"I'm not really worried about recruiting at all," Loston said. "I'm going to school where Rod goes. It's his decision. Right now, he's going to A&M, and I'm going there too."
The Eisenhower duo will be back in College Station next weekend for the highly anticipated Game Night Camp. After that event, Loston will begin preparing for a junior season that is sure to be hectic, and very busy on Friday nights.
"I'm playing both ways this year, safety and wide receiver," Loston explained. "I'm working hard on my conditioning so I don't wear down during the season. I'm doing a lot of sprints and 200's to get ready."
Loston makes most of 7-on-7 weekend
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