Houston gives update on recruitment

Gardena (Calif.) LB John Houston has one official visit left before he starts the process of making a final decision.

John Houston has one visit left before he starts analyzing his options and makes a final decision. Although the five-star Serra linebacker won’t make an announcement until National Signing Day in February, there’s no shortage of interest to see where the 6-foot-3, 207-pound prospect lands.

That fact isn’t lost on Houston, but he told eDuck on Monday that the process is getting tougher, especially after taking visits.

“It’s really hard,” Houston said. “It’s not as easy as everyone projected it to be. It’s hard every time I go on one visit. I like some certain things and there’s some things that are the same. It’s the part that I want it all to make myself different. I want to make the college that I’m going to different, but fit me as an athlete.”

Oklahoma will receive Houston’s next official visit. He’s already taken visits to Oregon, Arizona State and Miami while USC, located in Houston’s backyard, has received several unofficial visits.

While in Norman, Houston has a short list of things he hopes to analyze as he watches the annual Bedlam showdown between the Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys.

“I’m looking to see the atmosphere of the game, the coaching staff and hear about the educational part, the academic part,” he said.

Oregon is still without a linebacker for the 2015, making Houston an incredibly lucrative option for them from a talent standpoint.

Houston gave a glowing review of his official visit there, which took place back in October for the Washington game.

Since then, Houston said he’s stayed in good contact with defensive coordinator Don Pellum and the Ducks look like they’ll be a factor down the stretch, but the senior acknowledged that could change with any one of the schools he’s weighing as an option.

“They’ll go to probably to the end with my recruiting process,” he said. “I just don’t know who’s going to be the final one I commit to.”

In order to make that final choice, it will take plenty of careful analyzation and input from those closest to Houston. He said that his senior year taught him to play every down as if it is his last and that he wants to take that attitude to the next level and hopefully change the program he lands at for the better.

“I’m just going to talk to my family and go off of what I know,” he said. “I’m going to go off the program that is going to make me as a player different, as a student different and teach me a lot throughout my four years at that college.”

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