Houston touches down at OSU this weekend

ANTHONY HOUSTON will be in Corvallis this weekend for his official visit to Oregon State to take in the clash between the Beavers and Wildcats. Holding double digit offers, the San Diego standout athlete could play on either side of the ball at the next level. His top four consists of Oregon State, one other Pac-10 school, and two traditional national powerhouses.

In no particular order, Houston's top four are: Oregon State, Miami, Nebraska, Washington State. All four schools have offered and he said all are even.

Houston (6-4, 200, 4.46) said doesn't know as much about Oregon State as he'd like, but that figures to change this weekend. The official visit to Oregon State will be his second trip, with Houston visiting Nebraska earlier this year.

"I haven't done that much research (on OSU) because I've been busy with school," said Houston. "From what I hear, they have a good football program, great coaches."

Houston could play either receiver or defensive back at the next level, with his preference being receiver.

Miami is looking at him as more of a corner, with Oregon State, WSU and Nebraska mentioning defensive back as a possibility but liking him more as a receiver.

With regard to his athleticism and skills, considering he stands 6-foot-4, the fact Miami has offered him as a cornerback speaks volumes.

ALTHOUGH HOUSTON already holds offers numbering in the double digits, there are additional schools waiting to see his transcripts before making their offer official.

Houston has been diligently improving his academics since back in the summer and expects good things when the grades come out.

THROUGH SIX GAMES this season for Mission Bay High, Houston has been a force. He has 19 receptions for 320 yards, six rushes for 73 more, plus four kickoff returns for 90 yards. Defensively, he has 23 tackles with an interception.

The stats aren't gaudy but they don't paint a true picture of what kind of player Houston is on the field.

Mission Bay is a ball control offense, going 3-to-1 in rushing to pass attempts this season, (208 runs, 69 pass attempts). Despite the ever present threat of the run, Houston has been constantly double and even triple teamed, but still accounts for more than 50 percent of Mission Bay's receptions and receiving yardage on the year -- team totals being 37 receptions and 593 yards through six games.

Also a run-oriented team in 2004, Mission Bay attempted 133 passes to 333 runs. That season as a junior, Houston caught 17 passes for 410 yards and five TDs. Defensively, he racked up 54 tackles with three interceptions.

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