Houchins enjoys meeting future teammates

Future Louisville defensive back Kevin Houchins missed much of his senior season with a knee injury, but enjoyed meeting his future teammates last weekend during his official visit. InsideTheVille.com has the scoop.

Future Louisville defensive back Kevin Houchins enjoyed meeting his future teammates last weekend during his official visit.

"I had a great time there with a lot of my future teammates that have already committed to the school," Houchins said. "I think the highlight of the trip was just chilling with the players that are already at the school and getting to see how their lifestyle is and how mines going to be in the future when I'm there at Louisville."

Houchins, a three-star cornerback from Lyndhurst (OH) Brush, was shown around by all-Big East safety Hakeem Smith. Houchins said Smith told him what it's like to play for Charlie Strong.

"He said the expectations are high, especially since they had a good season this year," Houchins said. "They're expecting big things next year when I'll be there."

Though he's rated one of the nation's Top 60 cornerback prospects, Houchins missed all but two games this season because of an ACL injury. He's recovering well and should be ready to play next season for the Cardinals.

"The recovery is going good," said Houchins. "I'll be running track this year. I've been jogging and my recovery has been going very well. It was definitely hard (sitting out). I only played the first two games. It was hard watching them play every game and not being out there."

Houchins said the Louisville coaching staff told him to prepare himself during the off-season to possibly play next season.

"They said make sure I keep working hard and lifting weights, getting faster, bigger and stronger so I'll be ready to play college football when I get to Louisville," Houchins said.

A 6'0, 185-pound defensive back, Houchins brings blazing 4.4 forty speed to the corner position.

"One thing I bring to the position is my size," Houchins stated. "I'm bigger than the average corner and I'm real physical. I am physical at the line of scrimmage and play a lot of man-to-man. I also make tackles in the backfield."

Houchins said he's excited to join a Louisville program that won a share of the Big East title and is rising nationally.

"I think he definitely has (Louisville) going in a good direction because the young players are all join to be coming back next year," Houchins said. "I think the program has a bright future because we have a lot of young, talented players."

Houchins will sign with the Cardinals Feb. 1 at his school.

"I plan to sign with Louisville," said Houchins. "We have three guys signing to Division 1 schools so I think we'll have a ceremony at our school."

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