August 19, 2008

Five star warming up to Texas

The Texas Longhorns have been a dominating presence in recruiting in the Lone Star State in 2009, with 12 of their 19 commits ranking as four-star prospects from Texas, and almost of all of those being regarded as state top 25 prospects.

Yet if there's been one extremely disappointing aspect of the recruiting class, it centers on the fact that they haven't been able to land either of the two elite safety prospects that exist in this year's in-state class.

Even more frustrating is the fact that the Longhorns never seemed to have a shot with five-star playmaker Craig Loston of Aldine Eisenhower, who ranks as the nation's No.1 safety prospect. From the very beginning of the process, Loston just never seemed to have any kind of real interest in Texas.

Until now.

For the first time in his recruiting process, Loston seems to be opening up to the idea of playing in Austin, even if he is still officially committed to Clemson. The moment when things appear to have taken a turn for the positive for the Longhorns occurred last weekend when Loston visited the 40 Acres, along with his mother, for an unofficial visit.

"My pastor is cool with one of the coaches and he asked my mom if I could take a visit for him," Loston replied on Tuesday evening via text message when asked how the visit came about.

With the visit, a couple of questions are obvious. First, are the Longhorns suddenly a player in his recruitment? Second, how did the visit go? Third, is Loston planning on making a return visit?

"Yeah, I'll say they are in the mix. I really like Maddog (Jeff Madden)," Loston texted. "(My mom) liked everything about it. I'll be going back for a game."

When asked if the image that he'd had over Texas had changed in light of the recent events, Loston played it coy.

"I don't know, we'll see," he replied.

Finally, I asked him if there was a key factor that might either make or break Texas when an ultimate decision will be made, Loston texted, "Nothing really. They have a chance like everyone else."

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