GoBlueWolverine.com caught up with athlete Lamarr Houston Jr. of Doherty High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., while he was on his way to Denver to compete in a summer league basketball tournament. He said he plays the power forward position, and his time for other activities will be limited. "I'll be playing basketball for most of the summer, and lifting weights," he said. "I'll be busy and I won't have time for any football camps. I really don't need to go to any."
Reporting over 25 scholarship offers, including Michigan, Texas, LSU, Tennessee, Michigan State, Nebraska, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, and Notre Dame, the talented multi-sport star recently added one more top school to the list. "I called USC (Thurs.) and they told me I had an offer," Houston said. "I was supposed to talk to Coach (Pete) Carroll but he had gone out of town. I'll get back to him soon."
The 6-foot-4, 258-pound Houston recently told Scout.com that four schools, Michigan, Iowa State, Nebraska and Texas, were recruiting him the hardest. He briefly touched on his interest in each.
Michigan - "My aunt lives in Michigan. I was in fourth grade when they won the National Championship and it's a good memory. Plus, they have one of the greatest coaches in college football in Lloyd Carr.
Iowa State - "They are an up and coming program and I like that. It's a place with different scenery."
Nebraska - "Nebraska is old-school tradition. They will probably win another National Championship soon."
Texas - Texas was my favorite growing up. They are another school with a lot of tradition. I just liked them a lot. I went to a combine at Texas earlier and checked out the campus. I really liked the stadium."
Lamarr is the seventh of eight children in the Houston family. His parents, both ministers, will be moving from Colorado Springs after he graduates. "We're moving to Jacksonville, Tenn.," Houston's mother told GBW. "It's about 80 east of Memphis. We'll be ministering a church there. We're allowing Lamarr to make up his own mind as far as which college he would like to attend."
Houston, who was born in San Francisco and has lived in Colorado Springs for nine years, said the move will have no affect on his college decision. "I'm looking to get away from home and experience something different," he said. "I'm not sure when I'll make a decision, but it will probably be after the season."
The big man said he began playing football at the age of five. He plays a variety of positions - fullback, tailback, linebacker, and defensive end. "I like tailback and linebacker," he said. "But it doesn't really matter where I play." Along with football and hoops he said he also plays baseball.
Houston reports a 3.5 grade-point-average and score of 17 on the ACT. He said he would like to major in sports management.
Publisher's Comment - Houston is underrated as Jim S' No. 20 defensive lineman. He is a 'tweener' LB-DE prospect reminiscent of another Lamarr, one Mr. Lamarr Woodley. To read GoBlueWolverine's Nike Scouting Report of Houston, click here: GBW Finds Houston in Dallas