Houston's Fave

Arkansas is the clear front runner for Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College wideout Cedric Houston, who will take his official visit to Fayetteville on Nov. 4-6.

The bulk of wide receiver Cedric Houston's recruiting has yet to be done.

The sophomore wide receiver from Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College's main focus so far has been making it through the year with the Greyhounds, so he hasn't had any time for recruiting visits, yet.

Still, though, Florida native Houston (6-1, 201, 4.4) is already throwing around words like "we" when talking about the Razorbacks.

He said having Mitch Mustain, the top-rated high school quarterback in the nation according to Scout.com, on board definitely helps.

"Receivers can't really do nothing if (a quarterback) can't get the ball to me," Houston said. "I'm taking a good look at that....From what I've heard, he can throw pretty good and Coach (James) Shibest, he wants me to get to Arkansas and play for him as soon as possible. With that quarterback, we can do a lot of things."

Houston is high on Shibest.

"He calls me every week and I enjoy talking with him," Houston said. "He really wants me there. He seems like a really good guy. I like to be around a good coach that takes care of his players."

Although his only offer thus far is from the Razorbacks, Houston is drawing plenty of attention. Kansas State, Purdue, Central Florida, South Florida and Tulsa are also recruiting him.

"Right now, Arkansas is at the top of my list," Houston said. "They offered me over the summer; they're the only ones I have right now (that have offered)."

Fort Scott finished its winless regular season with a 30-7 loss at home to Independence on Saturday and now must face the unenviable task of playing No. 1 Butler in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference playoffs next Sunday.

Houston, whose team lost 49-0 to Butler earlier this year, will visit Fayetteville on Nov. 4-6. That's the weekend the Razorbacks host South Carolina.

"I've heard it's a nice play but I want to see it for myself," Houston said.

Houston, who played only one year of high school football and was a running back, hasn't had much time to check in on Arkansas' progress so far.

"The last thing I checked up was when they played USC," he said. "But I've been busy with school, so I haven't been able to watch that many games."

Going into Saturday's game Houston led the Greyhounds with 28 catches for 474 yards and five touchdowns.

He also returns kicks, averaging 20.6 yards on 11 returns, and punts, with just three returns for a total of 35 yards.

"I get open," Houston said. "I just get open — any route, punt return, kick return, whatever. I feel good when the ball's in my hands."

Houston said that while returning to Florida is something he will consider , that is not something that will be foremost in his decision making process.

"Really it's more about where I can get in and make a quick impact," Houston said. "I think I can do that at Arkansas. They have talked about what I could do for them."

(Hawgs Illustrated recruiting editor Dudley E. Dawson also contributed to this story.)


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