The Player: John Houston is a linebacker at Junipero Serra High in California.
As a Prospect: Houston is one of the most talented linebacker prospects on the West Coast this year. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, he has above average straight ahead speed but he has tremendous lateral quickness and is a hard-striking tackler. The way he hits opposing running backs is similar to the way Denzel Perryman strikes people. He has the ability to make plays from sideline to sideline and is a true three-down player. He has the length and ability to rush the passer and also the natural athleticism and cover skills to play in space on third down. He has an ideal frame that should enable him to play at 260+ in a few years and he's expected to be a premier player once he fully develops at the college level.
On The Field: Playing for one of the top prep programs in the state of California, Houston finished his 11-game senior season with 147 tackles, six for loss, three sacks, three interceptions, and three caused fumbles. He played a limited role on offense as a short-yardage back but he made his living terrorizing opposing offenses this season. A three-year starter, Houston finished his prep career with over 400 tackles so he's always been extremely active.
As a Recruit: Houston had scholarship offers from just about every major program in America that recruited the state of California by the time the spring came around. He took his first official visit to Oregon back in October and then came down to Miami the weekend the Canes played Florida State. He visited Arizona State a week later and spent this past weekend at Oklahoma. His fifth and final visit is up in the air right now but USC is still very much in the mix.
Bottom Line: The Hurricanes have just one linebacker commitment right now in Charles Perry. Houston is one of the nation's best at his position so the Canes are all over him. Despite getting a visit a few weeks ago, Miami's chances don't look too promising right now. He came down with a five star teammate (Rasheem Green) but both will likely sign with other programs. If Miami is able to land him, Houston's the type of player who will likely come in and make an impact right away.