Craig Loston ready to be the next NFL-bound LSU DB

Story posted April 6, 2014 in Sports, CommRadio, NFL Draft by Ryan Stevens

Craig Loston was regarded as the top defensive back in 2009 by numerous national recruiting outlets. The Aldine, TX native gave a verbal to Clemson only to flip his commitment to LSU later.

The hard-hitting safety is now being coveted again and things aren’t too different about the process.

“The only thing is back then you could choose where you wanted to go play ball at,” Loston said. “You’ve just got to be ready to go when you get that call.”

The rich tradition of LSU defensive backs in draft headlines is something else for Loston to factor in this time around. Patrick Peterson, Morris Claiborne, Tyrann Mathieu and his old safety partner, Eric Reid, are a few of the big names LSU has produced to go to the NFL.

“They know what type of player they’ll get and I don’t think anyone that’s come out of the LSU secondary in the previous years has let anyone down,” he said. “You can always count on those guys to work hard and do their job.”

The recruiting process is almost over for Loston. Teams such as the Colts, Falcons, 49ers, Rams, Panthers, Patriots and the Eagles have already reached out gauging interest in the two-time 2nd-team All-SEC selection.

To Loston, the uncertainty is the hardest part of waiting for the draft to start

“It’s kind of hard because you can talk to these guys and you just never know,” Loston said.

Loston’s confidence to be an asset to an NFL team seems to be what he’s hoping teams will buy into come early May.

“You’ll get a guy that understands what he’s doing and a hard worker,” Loston said. “And also a guy that’s ready to work for a team before himself.”

Ryan Stevens is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email rvs5276@psu.edu.

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Ryan Stevens

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Ryan is a senior from Bloomington, Illinois majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in english.  He has been involved with numerous radio shows, play-by-plays, beat writes and producing various Penn State athletics events since his first days of being on campus in the fall of 2012 with ComRadio. Since the fall of 2013, Ryan has been involved with State College’s ESPN Radio 1450 as an assistant producer intern and high school football reporter.

During the summer of 2014, Ryan co-hosted Sports Central with Cory Giger streaming over Altoona, Pa. and State College Pa. markets. Ryan also assisted USA Basketball media coverage in New York for World Cup of Basketball exhibition games.

Ryan was the marketing & communications intern for USA Track & Field at the national office in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the media contact for the 2015 USATF Hershey Youth Outdoor Championships as well as the 2015 National Junior Olympics.

Ryan is also a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. He can be reached via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and following him on twitter @RyanAStevens.