On Saturday, League City (Texas) Clear Springs quarterback Zach Cripps ended his recruitment by announcing his decision to play football at Texas A&M Commerce.
"Me and one of my teammates went up for an official visit and I just really liked it. This was the first D-II school that I had visited campus and I didn't know what to expect, but they really surprised me with facilities, dorm rooms, all that kind of stuff. It's an up and rising program and I'm really excited to be a part of it," he said.
The 6-foot-3, 232-pound athlete has spoken with the staff about their plans for incorporating him into the Lions' offense.
"They have three returning senior quarterbacks, so I will redshirt. But after those guys graduate, it will be wide open so I can fight for the spot. I have a good chance of becoming a four-year starter, so we will see how it goes," he said.
His team may not have had the strongest season, but Cripps is confident that he can command an offense at the next level.
"I feel like I've really improved in leadership more than anything. That's a key thing for me. I bring a lot of enthusiasm on the field; I get the guys going when they are slacking. I think I'm tough, too. I bring a lot of toughness to the offense," he said.
Cripps, who says he will likely head to campus in late summer, will sign in front of his school on Wednesday morning.