One Signing Leads to Another?

In the recruiting world, the term package deal is used when two players in the same recruiting class ultimately sign with the same school, due to their close relationship. During the recruitment of Doherty running back and incoming ASU freshman Shaun Dewitty, the Sun Devils were already pursuing his teammate and 2006 blue chipper Lamarr Houston. It may not be the classic package deal, but the linebacker told Devils Digest that his friendship might just land him in the maroon and gold.

"Recruiting with ASU is going good," said the 6-3 255 Lamarr Houston. "I like it so far. They were pretty much recruiting me the same time they were recruiting Shaun. I was there for their spring practice, and it looked like a good program where I can get some early playing time. That was my first time visiting there and I liked the campus and how everything was so close to each other."

He was one of three juniors to be named first team all-state. He was on the list as a linebacker, but he made the first team all-conference both as a linebacker and a fullback. As a fullback, he had 70 rushes for 779 yards and 11 touchdowns. On defense, he had 100 tackles; three fumble recoveries, and two sacks. "I'm quick and strong, but I could have better footwork," he said of his skills. "I want to work on my speed and get it down to a 4.5 or a 4.6."

When asked about how ASU fits in his recruiting picture now that Shaun DeWitty has signed with the Sun Devils, he replied: "They have an advantage right now. You don't want to be lonely in college so it helps to have a good friend there in the program with you." Houston added that along with ASU he's seriously considering Texas, Michigan State, Washington State, and Arizona.

Houston has made his mark at Doherty as a middle linebacker, but some schools (ASU not included) are recruiting him as an athlete. "I'd prefer to play linebacker," he remarked, "but it doesn't matter to me if a school wants to play me at a different position.

ASU's safeties coach Dan Fidler was one of several college coaches who have visited him recently at his high school. This is a trend that will probably just increase in the fall, as Houston is one of the most sought after 2006 recruiting class defenders in the western region. "I don't mind all the recruiting attention," said Houston. "It's better to get a lot of attention than no attention."

Houston attended the Nike combine in Ft. Worth, and has no plans to participate in any summer camps. He carries a 2.9 GPA and with an ACT score of 17 he should be able to qualify academically.

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