In the middle of April, Mesquite (Texas) Poteet linebacker Craig Suits committed to the University of Tulsa. The 6-foot, 205-pounder is the cousin of Golden Hurricane quarterback G.J. Kinne, who is now attempting to jump into the professional ranks. Despite overtures from other programs, Suits is firm in his pledge to TU.
After a solid senior season that included 86 tackles, five tackles-for-loss, three forced fumbles, five pass breakups, one sack and one interception, Suits earned first-team All-District and was named Defensive MVP of District 15-4A.
He made his official visit to Tulsa on December 9, 2011.
"It was a blast," he said of the visit. "I got to spend time with the coaches, players and my future teammates. I'm looking forward to being at TU."
Suits said he was hosted by Tulsa center Trent Dupy, but spent time with a number of different players.
"Mostly Trent Dupy, Jake Alexander and Dylan Foxworth," he explained. "A lot of the recruits and hosts hung out together and all just hung out at different apartments and socialized."
Suits was familiar with the Golden Hurricane's facilities, but got a more in-depth look on the visit.
"I've been able to see the facilities on previous visits, but on this visit, I was able to get a better look throughout the campus and have a look at a classroom standpoint," he added.
Since the end of his season, Suits has been lifting weights and staying in shape.
"It's been good," he said of the off-season. "I'm running and working out every day to get ready for college football."
After Suits gave his verbal pledge to the Hurricane, it didn't stop other programs from calling and coming by his high school.
"I've gotten calls from UTEP, Arizona and North Texas," he said in the summer. "Also, Baylor, Colorado and SMU came to spring practice and talked to Coach (Randy) Jackson about me."
Suits attended a summer camp on the Tulsa campus on June 4th. He found himself in a fairly strong linebacker group that included another Hurricane commit, Rob Riederer from Holton (KS). Both performed well.
"Personally, it was a great day for me," he described. "I ran a 4.56 forty and a 4.19 shuttle. The coaches held a great camp. Overall, there was a good turnout. It was organized, and it was good to see how all the athletes performed. There were some great athletes there."
Suits expects to sign his National Letter of Intent with Tulsa on February 1st.