Offer Wows Houston

The Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2015 linebacker, John Houston, was thrilled with his UCLA offer...

Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2015 linebacker John Houston was sometimes overshadowed on the Cavaliers defense by the West's top prospect, Adoree Jackson and the West's top linebacker, Dwight Williams.

But Houston still "quietly" racked up 129 tackles for the Cavs, helping them win the CIF State D-II title.

And he'll be back this fall as a junior for what could be the most talented team in the Southland.

Still, with just under two years before he can sign to play college football, recruiting had been slow for the 6-3, 197-pounder.

That was until UCLA offered him last week.

"Well when Coach (Adrian) Klemm offered me to UCLA, it was a shock for me," said Houston. "I felt like I worked hard to get this offer last season, putting in a lot of good playing time on the field as a sophomore and just having the experience to play on a state championship team. I feel blessed that UCLA offered me, it truly was a blessing from God."

USC, Oregon and Cal are some of the other schools that Houston has interest in.

Houston will likely see many more offers over the next couple years too.

"Hopefully this is only the beginning," said Houston. "It was really quiet till then."

But with schools no doubt stopping by Serra this spring to see Jackson and Williams and the other 2014 prospects, Houston will likely be one coaches will want to see.

"If they do, that's great, but I know that Adoree and Dwight are great players and them getting recruited isn't just good for me but it's good for our team and we can all stay humble and learn from them," said Houston. "I'm a humble guy and I'll hype them up more because they're really good. I'll have my chance."

After an all-state underclass season last year, Houston had a good showing at the NLA Elite 7on7 in Las Vegas for Team FCA before putting on an even better performance at the Los Angeles NFTC, where he was the runner up for the LB MVP (after Williams) and was on the all-underclass team.

"I'm really trying to work on how I drop into coverage," said Houston. "I can be a rush linebacker, but I can drop into pass coverage. I think I'm pretty versatile. I would like to play linebacker in college but it wouldn't matter if I grow into a defensive end. I'm just working to get better on my craft and being a better player."

Academically, Houston is in great shape, carrying a 4.1 GPA and he's already taken the SAT this spring.

"I took it early, as a sophomore, so I don't have to be stressed about it my senior or junior year," said Houston.

Brandon is in his ninth year with and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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