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Monday, January 21, 2013
Son of ex-NFL DB talks Tulsa pledge

By Damon Sayles

It didn’t take long for Ray Crockett (Southlake, Texas/Carroll) to know that one school was right for him.

After an official visit over the weekend to Tulsa, the 6-foot, 160-pound cornerback -- and son of the former NFL cornerback with the same name -- decided to be a member of the Golden Hurricanes’ recruiting class. Crockett confirmed that he verbally committed to Tulsa on Monday.

Recruited by offensive coordinator Greg Peterson, Crockett took advantage of his first offer. He also has interest from Baylor, Kansas, Missouri and Texas Tech, among other programs.

“The coaching staff is really good; plus, the people there just welcomed me with open arms and made me feel at home,” Crockett said. “The fact that they are strong believers in God makes me also want to go there, because I want to become a better man just as much as I want to become a better football player.”

Crockett was a contributor for a Carroll program that won a Texas Class 5A Division I state championship his junior year and advanced to the quarterfinal round his senior year. He had 24 tackles, four interceptions and 11 pass breakups during the 2012 season.

Crockett said he doesn’t have any further visits scheduled, but he will continue to keep his ears open if other programs reach out. Crockett, however, added that he’s planning on signing with Tulsa next month and is grateful to the Golden Hurricane for taking a chance on him.

“I’m sure calls will still come in,” Crockett said, “but it feels good to know I have a home where I know I am comfortable.”