UCLA Offers Serra Sophmores

UCLA hasn't had a lot of success recruiting the loaded Gardena (Calif.) Serra program over the years but is hoping to change their luck and offered a pair of elite sophomores from the Cavaliers program on Monday...

Serra has as much talent as any program in the west and their 2015 class could be one for the ages. Linebacker John Houston and two-way lineman Rasheem Green could be the top players at their position in the entire region in two years.

Houston and Green both attended the SoCal NIKE Camp over the weekend and were very impressive.

Houston came in at 6-3, 200 pounds and finished runner up for LB MVP honors behind his teammate, Dwight Williams. He was an all-state underclass selection last season after totaling 130 tackles and five sacks and drew raves from NIKE lead LB coach Chris Gizzi.

"He has that special athleticism you just can't coach," Gizzi said. "He was fantastic in the open field tackling drills and has the perfect blend of aggression and athleticism. He has a great frame and plenty of room to add weight, I'm already looking forward to seeing him next year."

Houston said he was thrilled to pick up his first offer from a school he described as one of his dream schools.

"I've always liked UCLA," Houston said. "Growing up, that's where I wanted to go. I've been there several times already and have watched games at the Rose Bowl and watched them scrimmage on campus. I talked with Coach Klemm and he told me they liked me a lot and then offered me, I was pretty excited, I never saw that coming.

"It's still early for me though and I'm not planning to make a quick commitment anywhere. I want to see what else is out there but I definitely like UCLA a lot and means a lot that they were the first school to offer me."

Green might have been the biggest physical freak at the event, measuring in a rock solid 6-5, 270 pounds and shocking people when they heard he was just a sophomore. Green will play on both sides of the ball for Serra but worked out with the defensive ends and physically overpowered every lineman he faced.

The athlete clocked a 4.93-40 (electric), jumped 31 inches in the vertical and threw the power ball 39'. Green is still raw as a football player but his upside is off the charts and he might have had more potential than anyone at the camp.

"He's a ridiculous athlete," Serra coach Scott Altenberg said. "He's still only 15 years old too, that's the scary part. He can broad jump 9'2", bench press over 300 pounds and full squat 445. He's insane and I'm excited to coach him.

"I know he's excited about the offer from UCLA, he and John both are. They're also recruiting our sophomore running back Malik Roberson, who will be a national guy too. All three of these kids are very special players with a ton of ability. They're big time kids for sure but great kids as well and I'm lucky to have them."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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