Recruiters Discover Late-Blooming Lineman

This player came from nowhere this season to being recruited by several SEC schools.

Nashville, Tenn.--It takes a lot for a football recruit to be known as a sleeper in this day and age, but that's exactly the case for big Terrance Houston from Hillsboro High.

While teammate Chris Russell garnered the attention during the preseason and much of the regular season, by the time his team lost 29-26 in the championship game of the state playoffs to Maryville (led by Auburn commitment Carl Stewart), Houston had become a player to be reckoned with on both sides of the ball.

"The season was pretty good," Houston tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Coach had been looking for me to step it up pretty much my whole senior season. I just worked hard during the summer and during spring practice. Everything came together my senior year."

Part of a 14-1 season, the first-year starter didn't really have a love for the game of football until this season. A basketball and baseball player much of his life, the 6-4, 270-pound Houston says that he came into his own this season and played both center and defensive end.

"I played before this season but it took me a while to get to first string," Houston says. "Once I got a taste of success I started to get better and better. I've always been good at sports. I never really liked football at first, but once I started playing I got better at it."

Finishing the year with over 50 tackles and 10 sacks, his play has caught the attention of several colleges around the South, including Auburn.

"It's getting really busy," Houston says of recruiting, "People are coming through every day. Auburn has been in, Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee State and Ole Miss. That's about it at the moment. I kind of like Auburn at the moment."

With Coach Phillip Lolley making a strong impression on Houston with several visits to the school and an in-home visit already done, the lineman says that he really likes what he hears and sees out of the Tigers.

"I like the football team for one thing," Houston says of Auburn. "For one thing it's out-of-state and they have a good graduation rate by percentage. I like Coach Lolley. He's straightforward and tells you the real deal. The other coaches I have talked to are pretty good, too. They really want me at center, but I think they might give me a chance to play defense as well. I like playing defense better at the moment."

He has already set up a visit to Auburn on Jan. 10th and Ole Miss on Jan. 17th. He doesn't have any more visits set up at this time. Planning to major in business he says he's still thinking about other schools and will probably set up a few more.

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