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It's been a dream of Eric Houston's to one day play at the University of Miami. "Just to think of having the chance to be on that field in the Orange Bowl, to run through the tunnel and the smoke, and to be a part of all their tradition would be great," Houston said. "Now I can live all that out."

Houston, 6-2 and 220 pounds, wanted to impress the UM coaches early on.

"I thought I had a good spring and everything," he said. "I wasn't hearing too much from them so I went out to the camp and I thought I did really good, really held my own, and thought I showed them some things they would like."

Unfortunately for Houston, who went to the camp hoping to leave with a UM offer, that wasn't enough.

"I just knew I had to go out and really play hard and make a lot of plays my senior year for them to give me a chance," he said. "That's the only way it was gonna happen."

The talented linebacker, a full academic qualifier, went out and made a statement. In nine games this past season, Houston registered 131 total tackles.

"I was just out there having fun and making plays," he said. "I was always around the ball, kinda the way Jon Vilma used to do it."

As he began getting numerous scholarship offers throughout the season, the Hurricanes didn't appear to be a legitimate option for Houston. Then he tried changing that.

"They wanted my tape so me and my coach sent it to them right away," he said. "I guess they were impressed with it because they started talking to me again."

After a few weeks and three linebacker commitments later, UM defensive coordinator Randy Shannon showed up to meet with Houston last night.

"He basically laid it all out for me," he said. "When I found out I had the offer, I was pretty excited. That really meant a lot to me because that's the one I wanted. UM's where everyone wants to be from down here. Some guys might end up somewhere else just like I might have. But that's where people want to be and now I'll have a chance to be a Cane."

Houston, who will take his visit to UM on Jan. 21, committed to the Hurricanes over Florida State, Florida, NC State, and West Virginia. He is excited about his future.

"I know I'm gonna have to work harder than ever," he said. "At Miami, everyone's good. There's no time to take a day or even a play off. There's always somebody right there waiting to take someone's spot. That's real competition and that's what I like. It's all about who's in there making plays and I think that'll be me."

Houston plans on taking two additional visits in January.

"I'm still gonna take my visits to Florida State (Jan 7) and Florida (Jan 14) but then I'll be at Miami on the 21st," he said.

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