Now up to 243 pounds on his 6-0 frame, Herschel Houston is hoping that a bigger and stronger body will be just what teams are looking for when he begins to make the summer camp circuit later this month.
A dominating running back and linebacker for Cherokee County High as a junior, Houston rushed for 1,865 yards and 28 touchdowns as he helped his team to the state championship game. He says that the exposure has helped him garner attention from lots of different schools, but to this point none have pulled the trigger.
"I haven't talked to many schools," Houston says. "I have gotten letters from Alabama, Florida, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, Memphis, Arkansas, Illinois and a lot of different schools. I've also gotten things from Georgia Tech, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Auburn and some others."
Herschel Houston in action in last season's state title game.
Busy this spring running the 100 meter dash as well as the 4x100 relay for the track team, Houston says that he hasn't had much time to visit schools. He was scheduled to take in an Auburn practice earlier in the spring as well as Alabama's A-Day Game last weekend, but couldn't make either trip.
A standout performer on both offense and defense, Houston says that he doesn't have any preference on which position he will play. He says he just wants a chance. "Either one is fine with me. I'll play whatever."
With plans to attend the Scout.com Combine in Tuscaloosa on April 29, Houston says that he hopes to show everyone what they're missing when he faces off against some of the top players in the region. "I just want to compete," he says. "I hope I do pretty good and show what I can do."