Early favorite for Houston

Okoye Houston, a talented 6-0, 185-pound defensive back from Greenville (SC) Woodmont, spent his spring break visiting college campuses, including one to Louisville. Though Houston made several visits last week, one school stood out above the rest.

What does a high school kid do for fun during spring break? For Okoye Houston it meant making several visits to college campuses. Houston travelled with his high school coach, Richard Schrader, and a teammate to Maryland, Buffalo, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Clemson during a week-long spring break college tour.

"The trip to Louisville was very informative and piqued the interest of (Okoye)," Schrader told InsideTheVille.com. "I think Louisville is definitely something he wants to pursue further and they would be at the top of his list right now. It was a very good visit."

Top of the list? Though it's early in the recruiting process, Louisville appears the team to beat for Houston's services.

"I think Louisville has moved themselves into position that they're the lead horse now," Schrader said. "In Okoye's mind he's got (schools) organized and he thinks Louisville is No. 1, Vanderbilt two and UNC and Maryland in the three, four category. Unless something changes I think Louisville has the opportunity to put a deal together with (Okoye)."

Why does Louisville standout with the talented South Carolina defensive back?

"There were two particular things that stuck out in his mind. No. 1 he was very impressed with how they handled themselves and the friendliness of the staff and the personal attention they gave us with the head coach," Schrader said. "And No. 2 is the facilities. They have very impressive facilities."

On his visit to Louisville, Houston toured Louisville's football facilities, met with Steve Kragthorpe and several position coaches, and dropped off some film for the coaches to review. While Louisville hasn't extended an offer yet, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Cardinals came calling.

"It was a real good meeting," Schrader said. "They were very impressed with his play and said they were definitely going to be in contact in the next couple days to see what he thought about (Louisville).

"They think he can play football at their level. They reviewed the tape and he's a solid athlete and a physical corner/strong safety. They are very interested in his potential to play bump and run coverage and come in there and make plays and tackles."

Houston had a solid junior season and is getting a lot looks from college coaches. Maryland, Duke, Vanderbilt (offer), Buffalo, Louisville, Clemson and Tennessee are interested. Houston made 62 tackles, five sacks and seven interceptions, including a 74 touchdown return, last year.

"They also were interested that he could be a December grad(uate) that could come in January and get out there next spring," Schrader said.

New Louisville assistant Antonio Goss will serve as Houston's recruiting contact for the Cards.

"He's the one that will handle us," Schrader said. "He was very instrumental during the visit. Coach (Greg) Nord was the one that showed us the facilities. He also said he'd be working with us. So those two guys will be our contact point."

Houston was joined on his trip by teammate Tries Suber, a talented athlete that plays quarterback for his high school team.

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