Houston Could Continue McDevitt Pipeline

The last time Pitt mined the Harrisburg, Pa. area for football talent the Panthers secured Bishop McDevitt High School stars in cornerback Aaron Berry and tailback LeSean McCoy.

Pittsburgh is hopeful to continue that pipeline, particularly in the coming years with the Crusaders' lineup loaded with talented underclassmen, but the Panthers don't have to wait that long with 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback Chris Houston poised for a big senior season.

"I guess all this recruiting stuff can be a little bit annoying, at times, but I really don't mind the attention,'' Houston said. "All the letters and calls, it's amazing. In the beginning, when things were slow for me, I doubted myself and didn't think I would go to college to play football anywhere.

"But when the recruiting picked up for me, I started gaining confidence and playing a lot better. And I'm a lot more confident now. Before, I looked around and saw some of the other guys who were being recruited, but I didn't realize that they were older than me. So, I just had to be patient.''

Houston can also look to McCoy and Berry, a sophomore and junior, respectively, at Pitt this season, for direction.

"Shady said that Pitt was going to offer me, and A.B. told me that they're very interested,'' Houston said. "Having those guys at Pitt is a bonus. They're really great players and great guys, and I look up to them a lot.

"And they help me out a lot, too. They just tell me to work hard and have fun, and everything will work out as far as recruiting is concerned. So, we'll see what happens when the season starts. They say that if I have a good start this season, I should get more offers. So, I'm looking forward to that.''

Houston said he has offers from Duke and Army with strong interest from Pitt.

"At Pitt, I've talked with Coach Angelichio and Coach Hafley, and I talked to Coach Wannstedt a couple times in person,'' Houston said. "I was down here for a junior day and (Pitt's Passing Camp). So, I've developed a good relationship with the Pitt coaches. They're all good guys.

"And I really like it at Pitt. The atmosphere, the facilities, everything is great. So, I'd really like to play at Pitt. Having the Steelers next door, that's really cool, too. So, I think it would be great to get an offer from Pitt and play football there. I just need to be patient, and things will happen for me.''

Houston isn't as big as some higher-rated cornerbacks, but he's certainly as fast if not faster. He was second in the 100-meter dash (10.84 seconds) at the PIAA track and field championships this past spring, and McDevitt's 4x100 relay team (42.58 seconds) placed second as well.

Aliquippa, Pa. High School with Rashad Kenney, Jonathan Baldwin, Daniel Sonsini and Devin Polzot) won the relay event in 42.47 seconds, while Kenney was third in the 100 (10.97). Houston also was fourth in the 200 (22.62).

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