LB MVP Talks About UM

Eric Houston wanted to catch the attention of the UM coaches this offseason. He's really starting to do that -- especially after being named the camp's top linebacker.

"That camp was a lot of fun," the Coral Reef standout said. "There was a lot of great competition at tight end, running back, and linebacker. I really enjoyed myself."

Houston, 6-2 1/2 and 205 pounds, ran a 4.71 on Saturday morning and then performed really well during drills over the next three days. He pointed out some of his toughest competition.

"There was a junior running back from Pennsylvania who had everything," he said. "He was big, fast, he can moves, good hands. He was the top running back there but I don't remember his name. He's young though. At tight end, I went up against a guy we called Shockey. He looked just like Jeremy Shockey that used to play for Miami. He was big, had good hands, and could move for a big guy. Those were the two toughest guys I went up against."

Houston, who also plays basketball for Coral Reef, had a chance to work with linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves a lot.

"He's a great coach," he said. "He's crazy out there sometimes. He really knows his stuff and makes it fun for all of the linebackers. He knows how to make guys better. I can see why so many great players wanna play for him. I'd love to."

Houston, who finished last season with 80 tackles, established himself as a legitimate Division 1 prospect this spring. He already has a couple offers.

"West Virginia and Boston College have sent offers already," he said. "I also got calls at the house from Florida, Alabama, Duke, and Kentucky. They all seem real interested, like they might offer later."

Houston said UM tops his list of current favorites.

"Right now, my top five would be UM, Florida, Ohio State, Boston College, and West Virginia," he said. "UM, I just love the atmosphere there. The coaches are great, they're not just good coaches but they're good people. And at Miami, you know they'll always be going for the championship."

Houston plans on attending Florida State's camp next month.

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