Aldine (Texas) Eisenhower safety Craig Loston has been the talk of Houston since he came on the scene as a freshman.
"We've got us a good one here," former Ike coach Darryl Phipps said in 2005. "He is the total package and he's special. He's physical, he can run and he can cover. Everyone is going to want this kid, but they are going to have to wait because he's only a freshman."
Coach Phipps was right. The 6-foot-1, heat-seeking missle is ranked 30th on the 2009 Rivals100, and has been offered by virtually every BCS school in the country.
While Loston is focusing on track right now, recruiting is never far off his mind.
"I'm really loving the SEC, right now," he said. "I want to play where the best competition is and I truly feel that the SEC has the best competition. If I had a top five right now it would be LSU, Georgia, Oklahoma, Clemson and Michigan in no particular order. I would but Texas A&M up there too."
Loston will miss LSU's junior day this weekend to participate in his school's track meet in The Woodlands, Texas.
"I'm running the 110-hurdles, the sprint relays and the triple jump," he said. "I've been to LSU and liked it. I'm trying to set something up with Georgia and they have been doing a good job recruiting me. I'm going to Clemson the weekend of April 11th for their spring game. I'll go a day early to meet some of their players."
Four years in the making, Loston is happy to be entering his senior season and being the big man on campus.
"I'm really happy it's here, but I'm going to try and graduate early," he said. "I'm going to summer school to make that happen. I plan on making my decision before the season starts because I've seen what it does to people. It can get really stressful."