Loston's ambitions extend beyond football field
Craig Loston, 6-foot-2, 193 pounds
ESPN 150 Watch List safety
Dwight D. Eisenhower (Aldine, Texas)
The Eisenhower High School football program has a true triple threat in Craig Loston. This talented safety, wide receiver and return specialist does everything except sell hot dogs on Friday nights in Aldine, Texas.
Last season he made his mark defensively, tallying 67 solo tackles and 23 assists. In terms of pass coverage, he had three interceptions and 11 breakups. Loston didn't stop there, however. Offensively, he accumulated 847 yards receiving and a remarkable 31.7 yards per catch.
His talents and ambitions go beyond the gridiron.
"I'm just as proud of my 3.0 grade point average as I am my accomplishments as a football player," Loston said.
"I want to attend a college that has a good pre-med program."
Loston has offers from too many colleges to mention. He seems to have LSU and Clemson at the top of his list at this point in the recruiting process. In addition to stellar academics, the all-state safety wants to play for a winner.
"The opportunity to win a national championship is very important to me," said Loston.
Going into his senior season, this outstanding athlete wants to lead Eisenhower to the state championship. He also has set his personal goals high: "I want to be a first team All-American both academically and as a football player."
When asked about his football heroes he instantly named Sean Taylor and Brian Dawkins as his two favorites. He loves athletics and has participated in basketball, baseball and track. He does, however, have a quite unique interest.
"I really like drama and acting."
Loston has accepted an invitation to play in the 2009 Under Armor All-America Game in Orlando, Fla., in January.
"Meeting other great players from around the country, playing on national television and participating in the various events and competitions excites me," said Loston.
Besides being a super talent, Loston is a very special person with an outgoing, goal-oriented personality. It is no surprise this outstanding student-athlete is a success at every challenge he encounters on and off the field.
Loston may be one of the most athletic triple threats in the 2009 recruiting class. His size and versatility as a safety, wide receiver and return specialist are impressive.
Tabbed as one of high school football's premier safeties heading into his senior year, he's an exceptional pass defender. He shows excellent technical skill and physical talent at defensive back. Has outstanding leaping ability, which is clearly evident when he elevates to high-point the ball. Has the soft hands to make difficult interceptions. He's athletic enough to play in man-to-man coverage and zone. Possesses tremendous closing speed and covers a lot of ground in zone coverage. Has great body control and agility when making speed turns in the secondary.
Plays receivers well and is very instinctive. Has striking catch-up speed and change-of-direction skills. A physical tackler who isn't afraid to give up his body when making the play. Could be a little more consistent getting his head in front of the ball carrier or receiver when making an angle tackle in the openfield. A versatile athlete who can play wideout or safety. Makes big plays on both sides of the ball. He can be a phenomenal punt and kickoff return specialist who is dangerous any time he's on the field. Loston is very gifted and competitive, and he'll be a huge asset to any college program.
Bill Conley worked at Ohio State for 17 years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Since retiring from Ohio State in 2004, Conley has worked as a contributor and analyst for Columbus-area print and broadcast media and as a professional speaker. He also published a book recounting his years as a Buckeyes recruiting coordinator, "Buckeye Bumper Crops."