Panthers offer and lead for Floridian

Coach Charlie Partridge is doing his typical bang up job in the Sunshine State as the Panthers have offered another stand out linebacker from South Florida. The impression must have been favorable because the Panthers are a strong leader for this one.

Miami (FL) Coral Reef High School linebacker Eric Houston (6-2, 200, 4.56) wasn't even a blip on the radar screen a few months ago. It appears that he is making up for lost time after a very strong spring. Houston has now received six written offers from West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Kansas State, UCF, and Northwestern.

"Pittsburgh offered me about a week after you wrote the first story on me whenever that was," said Houston. Florida prep recruiting guru Larry Blustein had some good things to say about Houston in an earlier evaluation.

"Graded out as well as any linebacker in the state after attending several off-season camps and combines. This is an athlete who makes plays, has great field presence and tremendous closing speed. Was timed in 4.56 (40 yards), and when you see him play, it's easy to understand why. At the end of spring, I said that any college fortunate enough to land this young man may just be getting one of the best in the state," said Blustein.

Houston knows two schools that will be getting official visits.

"West Virginia and Pittsburgh for sure. I haven't set the dates, but those are two schools I'm interested in. Pittsburgh is my leader right now," said Houston.

What is it that Houston likes about Pittsburgh?

"I know lots of guys that go there and they love it, like Kennard Cox and Jemeel Brady. There's a lot of South Florida guys up there that are doing well."

Several schools have told Eric he needs to improve one part of his game.

"They tell me I need to be more physical and explosive. I need to be more physical and not rely so much on speed."

Houston has attended camps at Miami, Florida State, Florida, and Rutgers. He was named the outstanding LB at the Miami camp.

Eric favors Pittsburgh over West Virginia, Florida, Florida State, and Miami.

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