Tulsa an early leader for Ray Crockett

Cornerback Ray Crockett (Southlake, Texas/Carroll) has the name recognition. His father, also named Ray, played 14 years in the NFL and won two Super Bowl titles with the Denver Broncos.

So like most players with NFL fathers, Crockett was tested by opponents. And like most players with NFL fathers, when tested, Crockett stepped up. The 6-foot, 160-pound defensive back was a first-team, all-district selection who helped Carroll advance to the Texas Class 5A Division I state quarterfinals.

“It’s a good and bad,” Crockett said of having a famous dad. “I get the notoriety because of my name, but it can be a bad thing, too. If you don’t perform, people will start to question. You’ve got to have tough skin, and that’s one thing I’ve learned. You just have to keep working hard.”

Crockett’s play was consistent in 2012, and Tulsa took notice in his play. The Golden Hurricane were the first to offer Crockett, but schools such as Arizona State, TCU, Baylor, Kansas and Texas A&M all have expressed interest. Crockett visited Arizona State on an unofficial visit in November.

As for Tulsa, Crockett said his interest is high. He’s being recruited by Golden Hurricane offensive coordinator Greg Peterson.

“Coach Peterson came to my house not too long ago,” Crockett said. “He talked about the campus, and I found out a lot about Tulsa that I never knew before. I think I’m going to go on an official there in January.”