Eric Houston on Signing Day

<B>MIAMI, Fla.</b> - He fulfilled his dream. Coral Reef linebacker Eric Houston is now officially a member of the Miami Hurricanes family. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior, signed on the dotted line this morning at 9:00 am in the library of Coral Reef High School before a crowd of coaches, parents, friends and media.

Houston, who was offered by UM in December, had thoughts of taking trips after receiving the offer to other schools, but that went out the window when UM defensive coordinator Randy Shannon watched the National Championship game at Houston's home.

That sealed it. The other schools could forget about it. Houston was a ‘Cane.

Today made it official.

"For me it wasn't a hard decision at all," Houston said. "Going to Miami has always been a dream of mine. I made up my mind as soon as I got the scholarship offer."

For the 30+ schools that had also offered Houston, they didn't quit in trying to attract the powerful linebacker who had 132 tackles in nine games and led Dade and Broward in tackles.

"A lot of schools backed off when I committed to UM because they were afraid of the competition," Houston said. "But plenty of coaches were still calling after I committed trying to convince me otherwise."

Following a disappointing senior year, record wise, Houston looks forward to joining the Hurricanes family and playing for a team that has the ability to contend for a National Championship year every year.

"I'm just looking forward to getting started with my college career and helping my team win the championship," Houston said.



Houston also happened to be one of eight Coral Reef players to sign scholarship offers including Dorian Munroe, who signed with Florida, and Avery Vogt, who signed with North Carolina State.

"It's like a tight knit family here," Houston said. "In this school, people can't just come in (magnet school), so we've all been together for three years straight. It feels real good to do this together."

And his high school coach couldn't be prouder.

"Eric is the ultimate warrior. I wish I had 20 of him," Coral Reef coach James Bryant said. "UM definitely made a great choice on this kid. They were dragging their feet a little bit early, but once they decided they wanted him I told coach Coker they were making a great decision. They will not red shirt him."

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