James Houston IV Feels at Home at The Swamp

James Houston IV returned to Gainesville for his second visit this spring on Friday night. The three-star linebacker from American Heritage discusses his return to The Swamp and where he stands in his recruitment.

James Houston IV made his second trip to Gainesville this spring on Friday night, when he went to see Florida in action in the Orange and Blue game. 

"It was great. I got to watch the spring game, and I got to watch them ball out," said Houston. "The blue team really dominated and the defense really did well. They had about two or three interceptions, they did really well."

It was the first time the Gators hosted a spring game on a Friday night at The Swamp, and they did it in front of 46,000 fans. 

"I loved it," said Houston.  "It feels like home." 

The three-star linebacker from American Heritage has seen plenty of progress between now and his earlier visit. 

"I saw them practice a month ago, and they look way better," he said. 

As Houston, his father, James Houston III, and his younger brother, Joshua, walked away from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, defensive line coach Randy Shannon made sure to pass on the same message the coaching staff has reiterated several times to the South Florida native, they want him to become a Gator. 

"They really want me here," he said. "They really want me to come to school and play football here...It just makes me feel great. Makes me feel like I am the person that I think I am." 

With two visits this spring, where does Florida stand with Houston? 

"I'm not really sure, but they are at the top," he said.  "I'm not really sure on a scale with everything. They are definitely at the top though." 

According to the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Florida and Michigan are recruiting him hard. 

"After I finish all of my visits and everything, I'll be ready to make a list of my top schools," he said.  "Before my spring starts I will be making a list." 

The schools that will make the cut will have certain factors checked off the list. 

"Just coaches and a program that is going to push me to be the player that I can be," he explained. "Obviously [I also want] a first rate education."



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