Houston Will Wait It Out

The Gardena (Calif.) Serra five-star linebacker, John Houston, will wait until Signing Day to decide...

Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2015 linebacker John Houston (6-4, 222) didn't mind all the schools stopping in at Serra this spring.

"I knew it was going to be busy and hectic, but I enjoyed having coaches come by," said Houston. "You just learn to not let it overwhelm you."

Houston has offers that span the country, but it's the two local schools that are making him a priority.

"UCLA and USC are recruiting me the hardest, definitely," said Houston.

With teammates headed to both USC and UCLA, Houston said none of them have turned up their own recruiting of him.

But he knows it's coming.

"They haven't done it yet, but I see it coming," said Houston.

Houston said he'll visit USC and UCLA unofficially in the fall, and plans to take officials to Florida State and Oklahoma for certain and likely to Oregon and Notre Dame.

"I think I'll just take unofficials to UCLA and USC," said Houston. "That way I can see more schools around the country."

Houston visited both of the Los Angeles schools in the spring, and attended spring games for both.

"Their tempo was fast and they have the hurry up offense and that made the defense hurry up," said Houston. "They're going with a new wave there. Coach (Tee) Martin and Coach (Peter) Sirmon are recruiting me and Coach Sark (Steve Sarkisian) is too. We had a meeting when I came up to the school."

Across town, Houston saw much the same.

"Coach (Adrian) Klemm and Coach (Jeff) Ulbrich are recruiting me at UCLA and I talk with Coach (Jim) Mora too," said Houston. "I went to one of their spring practices and I went to their spring game. Their tempo was really good, the offense was fast in the no huddle. It made the defense step up. I want to see how they do this season."

While the two local schools have prioritized him, Houston insists there isn't pressure to go to either one.

"Honestly, there is no pressure to stay at home or to go away," said Houston.

Houston said he feels he can play either linebacker spot in college.

"Most of the schools are telling me outside linebacker but I feel like I can play inside," said Houston. "I can really do both. I'm a versatile player. I can gain weight and go back inside."

Next month, Houston will be headed to The Opening.

"I'm really looking forward to it and being with the best of the best," said Houston.

With invites to both the UnderArmour All-America Game and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, before he decides on a college, he has to decide on a game.

"I'm trying to figure out which game I'll play in," said Houston. "Either way, I'm going to wait until Signing Day to decide."


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