Anthony Houston OSU trip report

ANTHONY HOUSTON WAS in Corvallis this past weekend for the OSU tilt with Arizona. Although the loss was a disappointment, the family oriented environment at Oregon State and coaching staff made a favorable impression on the highly sought San Diego prospect, with Houston saying after the visit that he could see himself attending OSU.

He wasn't quite used to the weather and the favored Beavers lost the game, but Houston (6-4, 200, 4.46) said he could picture wearing the black and orange next year.

"I could see myself going there," said Houston.

The visit, however, was not enough to break the four way tie amongst his leaders: OSU, Washington State, Nebraska and Miami.

"Everybody is still even," said Houston. "It's a small town and I'm not used to that weather. But it was cool. (Size-wise) it was kind of like Lincoln."

BEFORE HIS TRIP, Houston didn't know a whole lot about Oregon State. He came away impressed with the family atmosphere, something he said beforehand that was very important to him.

"It went well," said Houston. "It was cool up there and family oriented. It was a little cold, it was kind of raining and was probably in the 50s. But overall, it was good."

Houston's player host on the trip was receiver Nate Johns, Redlands, Calif., redshirt freshman.

"Nate Johns is cool," said Houston. "He treated me like family. He took me around to all these different places, showed me around the school."

Other highlights included the time spent with head coach Mike Riley, receivers coach Lee Hull and the OSU coaching staff.

"He's a good person, I like coach Riley," said Houston. "He's not going to just tell you things you want to hear, he's going to tell you the real deal. He's a straight shooter. I got a good vibe from him."

Next up for Houston will be a trip to Washington State the weekend of Nov 12. He tripped to Nebraska earlier this year and plans on setting up a visit to Miami "soon".

Miami is looking at the 6-foot-4 Houston as a corner, while OSU, WSU and Nebraska see him at receiver. All things being equal, Houston's preference is to play on offense at the next level.

THROUGH EIGHT GAMES this season at Mission Bay High, Houston has 24 receptions for 391 yards, seven rushes for 66 more, plus six kickoff returns for 108 yards. Defensively, he has 27 tackles with an interception.

There are certainly players with more impressive stats, but Houston's double digit offers paint a truer picture of what he brings to the table.

Mission Bay is a ball control offense, going nearly 3-to-1 in rushing to pass attempts this season, (280 runs, 99 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 half of Mission Bay's receiving yardage on the year -- 771 yards.

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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