Panthers in pursuit of Florida LB

The University of Pittsburgh loves Florida speed, and their linebackers. Two of the three starting linebackers, Clint Session and HB Blades, are Florida natives. 2004 signee LB Vernon Smith is also a Floridian. The Panthers are now in pursuit of another Florida linebacker.

In Miami (FL), most of the attention at Coral Reef High School centers around safety Dorian Munroe. There are, however, other blue chip prospects on the Barracuda roster. LB Eric Houston (6-2, 220, 4.61) previously played OLB for Coral Reef. This year, he has shifted to the middle. During his teams recent spring game, Houston made six tackles and forced a fumble. Munroe already has a Pittsburgh offer and another one may be close in the near future for Houston.

Boston College and West Virginia have both offered Houston full scholarships to play football. Several other programs stopped by the school in May and showed varying degrees of interest including Duke, NC State, Michigan, Northwestern, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Georgia, and Alabama.

Houston is unsure of his junior stats, but during his sophomore season he tallied 80 tackles. He attended the MSL/Insiders Combine at Miami and the NHSAA Combine at the Miami Dolphins training facility earlier this spring.

Summer camp plans include stops at USF, Florida, Miami, possibly Ohio State, Rutgers, NC State, and Pittsburgh.

One school that may get an official visit is Pittsburgh.

"I like Pittsburgh. My friend and neighbor Jameel Brady plays there, so I am interested. Pittsburgh has a presence down here in South Florida. I can see them building something pretty special up there," said Houston.

Eric's favorites include Miami, Florida State, Florida, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, and Boston College. Houston carries a 2.7 core GPA and has scored 1020 on his SATs.

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