Houston picks up offer from Alabama

Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra linebacker John Houston received a big offer on Thursday from one of the top program's in the nation.

Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra linebacker John Houston received a big offer on Thursday from one of the nation's top programs. Combining a developing 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame with terrific athleticism, Junipero Serra linebacker John Houston has earned praise as Scout.com's top linebacker in the West region and second overall nationally.

That ranking was validated further on Thursday when he picked up an offer from the most dominant football program of the past five years.

"I just got an offer from Alabama," Houston said.

The offer is further proof to the five-star prospect that he's being recognized for his off the field demeanor, in addition to what he does on the field.

"It shows that my talent and personality has shown coaches that I can do more than just football," Houston said about what the offer says about him. "I'm a great person, I'm a great leader and I can do many other things."

Despite the lofty ranking, Houston isn't satisfied. Instead of focusing on visits, he's currently undergoing several training regiments from beach workouts to speed workouts to the more traditional lifting workouts to become the top linebacker in the country.

"I'm just going to try and get big and faster and be a better leader and coach my teammates," Houston said. "I'm a top athlete, but I need to get better. I need to get the number one ranking overall in every section I can."

Houston also holds an offer from Oregon, extended to him by former linebackers coach turned defensive coordinator Don Pellum. After watching Houston's highlight reel, the coaching staff saw enough to try and entice him to visit.

"They watched the film and they were ecstatic when they were watching it," Houston said. "They just wanted me to come down and visit so I can see the campus and see how wonderful it is."

Houston said he'll likely wait to take an official visit to Oregon sometime in the future. Outside of Pellum, he has also had a chance to talk with director of player personnel Jim Fisher about the program. From what he has heard, Oregon is a school that fits his style of play.

"I just like the way they run their program," Houston said. "I'm a fast-tempo guy. I like to run defense at a fast-tempo. I like the style of their offense and their defense looks fast because once you play with a fast offense, you have to have a fast defense.

Right now, Houston is evaluating each school on a level playing field and trying to get to know as much as he can about each one. He wants to study criminal justice in college in the hopes of taking what he's learned on the football field and applying it to a career in law enforcement.

"I want to be a police officer, FBI type," Houston said. "I tell everybody that the FBI, CIA and the police have leadership like you do on a football field, so I want to stay in that leadership career that can still relate to football."

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