Houston eager to get back onto the field

Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra outside linebacker John Houston is recovering from injury and eager to go out with a bang during his senior season. Here, he discusses when he’ll be ready to play and the latest in his recruitment.

John Houston is ready to play football again. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound outside linebacker is looking forward to leaving his mark on the Serra program during his senior year and also leaving behind an example for his teammates to follow.

“It’s going to be our last time doing it," Houston said. "So I want to have a good time and be a better leader to all of the younger guys so they know where to start and how to finish it and how Serra Cavaliers really are.”

However, the five-star prospect has been hampered by an injury during the offseason and said he’s about “70-80 percent” right now. As soon as he’s pain free, he’ll be cleared by a doctor to resume football activity.

“I’m going to be running everyday and getting in shape for the season,” Houston said. “We’ve got a scrimmage in two weeks and I’ve got a game in three weeks so I’ve got to get it in for what I missed.”

In regards to his recruitment, Houston is slated to visit Oregon, Florida State and Oklahoma this fall with dates to be announced later.

The Ducks have been recruiting Houston since he was a sophomore and have maintained a spot on his radar because of the relationship he has with defensive coordinator Don Pellum.

“We grew a bond and we talk here and there on the phone,” Houston said. “I like the coaching staff a lot. I just want to go down there and see how it is.”

Houston has a similarly close bond with the Sooners’ staff and said is eager to develop another relationship with the defending national champions.

“I have a close bond with (Oklahoma),” Houston said. “I don’t really contact them a lot because of my schedule. With Florida State, we haven’t been in contact, but I’m trying to talk to them and get them to talk back and get a relationship going.”

Houston continues to play his recruitment close to the vest and said he does not have a leader, despite cutting his list of schools to 13 at the end of last month. He said he will not be pressured into an early decision by anyone.

“I’m going stick to myself,” Houston said. “I’m not going to do anything I don’t want to do. That’s how I’m going to keep it stress free.”

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