Buffs Offer Montbello Running Back

Colorado hasn't gone into the Denver Public League to get a running back since they got <b>Marcus Houston</b> a few years ago. Now they like another Houston, Michael that is. CU offered him two days ago and was the third school to offer after Texas and UCLA did in recent weeks. We find out where the Buffs stand for the state's seventh leading rusher.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 240
40 time: 4.57
Bench: 405
Squat: 605
From: Denver, Colorado
High School: Montbello

"I have a slight interest in Colorado," explains Houston. "I am a little disappointed that the home-front school didn't offer me until some other schools did. Coach (Shawn) Simms is my recruiting coach. He called two nights ago with the offer. Until then, I hadn't heard from them for a few weeks. I figure I'll be getting that one in the mail here real soon since it's in-state. I'll be scheduling a visit there."

Houston is taking an official visit to Texas this weekend. "Coach Mack (Brown) called me last week and said they wanted to offer and that my letter would be in the mail. They have coaches coming to my game, tonight."

UCLA was the first school to offer. "Coach (Eric) Bieniemy offered me a few weeks ago. It was real exciting to get that first offer. I have that one in writing. The other two should be here right away."

Houston has scheduled his official visit to Westwood for December 3rd.

It appears the Bruins and Longhorns have a major edge at this point. "Those are definitely my top two. I look forward to taking visits to both of those schools and maybe some others. I also like Iowa State and Notre Dame, a little. There are also some other schools calling. We'll see what happens."

Where do the Buffs sit on his list. "They are probably in third."

Many of these same schools are also recruiting some of Houston's teammates. The main one is wide receiver Jerrell Yates, whom already has an offer from Colorado. "The Texas coaches told me they will be checking out Jerrell at the game tonight and I know UCLA really likes him, too."

The added benefit for the school that gets Houston is that he is a December graduate and will be heading to his school of choice in the Spring of '05. So he will most likely be making his college decision after the UCLA visit.

This season, he ranks seventh in the state of Colorado in rushing with 1,110 yards and 15 touchdowns. All schools involved like him as a tailback.

Houston is a full qualifier with a 3.8 core GPA and a 19 on his ACT. He has aspirations of majoring in Business Law.

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