Heads turned last spring when Aldine Eisenhower super sophomore Craig Loston surprised many college recruiting observers when he committed to Texas A&M head coach Dennis Franchione and the Aggies nearly two years prior to his signing day in 2009. However, after eight months and an unsettled coaching situation, that commitment is no longer there.
"I decommitted from Texas A&M because of what going on there with the coaching staff and the controversy with the newsletter," Loston said. "My mom has been reading the newspapers about everything and she doesn't want me to go there."
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Loston is widely regarded as one of the nation's best athletes in the Class of 2009 and his departure is a blow to A&M's efforts to land a difference maker in the secondary, albeit two seasons away. At the time of his commitment, Loston pulled the trigger with fellow teammate and Class of 2008 defensive line standout Rod Davis. Was the choice to decommit a mutual decision as well?
"No it's not. I made the decision I needed to make for me. I don't even know if Rod knows yet," Loston said. "I didn't want to talk to him much about it because I didn't want people to think if I decommited then so did Rod. That's not the case. You need to talk to Rod about what he wants to do, not me."
Signing Day for the talented defensive back is still over 15 months away. Is there a possibility that the Aggies can get back into the good graces of talented Texan if the situation settles down or a new coach is hired in the offseason?
"No. I'm not considering A&M right now," Loston said. "My top three are Florida, OU, and Cal. I'm going to see OU play A&M in November."
Loston says he wants to take it slow from here on out and is in no hurry to make another commitment. In fact, he said he may wait until just weeks before Signing Day to pick his school.
A&M loses commitment
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