The spring evaluation period is over, and with the school year coming to an end recruits from across the country will begin scheduling summer college visits. Upper St. Clair (Pittsburgh, Pa.) offensive tackle Gabe Houy hasn’t been able to venture out in almost two months, but he wants to see a number of schools before ending his recruitment later during the summer.
“I haven’t planned everything out yet, but I definitely want to get back to Maryland, I might visit Wake Forest again, and I’m trying to get down to Virginia since they’ve been showing more interest,” said Houy, who now holds offers from Maryland, Pitt, Wake, Louisville, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Toledo and Miami of Ohio. “West Virginia, that’s a school I might camp at since they’ve been in contact a lot. Then maybe I’ll get back to Louisville if I have time. Of course I’ll get to Pitt too, but that’s like right down the street from me.”
The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder previously called Maryland and hometown Pitt his top two options. And he’s standing by that statement as summer approaches.
“Maryland is just a great school and I really like the program there now,” Houy said. “I was down there for a spring practice [April 1] and I just really liked the coaches, the campus and the feel of the place. Coach [D.J.] Durkin and Coach [Dave] Borbely are awesome coaches, and I loved the energy they had during practice. The players were great and I loved how they responded to the coaches.
“Also, the new upgrades they’re putting in are going to be great; they’re going to be some of the best out there. And it’s a great school academically, and my mom liked Maryland a lot too when she was there.”
Houy went on to say that he’s remained in regular contact with Borbely since early April. The Terps’ offensive line coach has trekked though Upper St. Clair and maintained a rapport with Houy via Twitter.
“I like Coach Borbely and a coach and as a person,” Houy said. “He’s a great guy to talk to, but I haven’t seen him as much in person, so that’s one of the reasons I want to get back down there. I want my dad to be able to meet him since he wasn’t with me last time.”
The local university, though, continues to trend. Houy didn’t call Pitt the leader outright, but admitted he likes the Panthers a good amount.
“I just really like the coaches at Pitt now and the direction they’re taking the program,” Houy said. “I’ve bee there a good amount, and I like it there and I’m comfortable there. Their coaches, they’re in touch with me more than any other school, and plus my teammate, Brandon Ford, is going there. So I like Pitt a lot right now.”
Which begs the question, what’s keeping him from committing?
“Well, I just want to make sure I see every possible option,” Houy said. “I want to see a few other schools to see if I’ve found the right fit. Like, I want to get to Virginia, because they have some good coaches and great academics. And if West Virginia offered, that would be big too. And Maryland, like I said, I liked it there a lot the first time I was there.”
Houy said if all goes according to plan he should have his college selected by mid- to late-summer.