Houston Gets More Big Offers

Although just a sophomore, Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker John Houston is already one of the top prospects in the region and landed a pair of monster offers on Tuesday...

John Houston is a big time prospect with loads of upside. He lit up the SoCal NIKE Camp last month and was LB MVP runner up behind his junior teammate Dwight Williams. At 6-3, 200 pounds, Houston is a specimen with elite athleticism and play making skills.

He earned all-state underclass honors a year ago after totaling 130 tackles and five sacks and is tough to imagine there being five better prospects out west in the 2015 class.

Following the NIKE Camp, UCLA offered Houston and the ‘backer added two more earlier Tuesday.

"I got offered by Florida and USC," Houston said. "Earlier in the day, Florida called my coach and then he passed the phone over to me and told me I had an offer. They said they want me to call them on Monday and talk more about the offer. That's a big time program so I was really excited to get that one.

"USC came by our school today to watch me work out and then during track practice, I talked with Coach Orgeron on the phone. He told me he liked me a lot and wanted to offer me a scholarship. California came by the school too and they sound close to offering and Nebraska was also at our school today."

Houston said the early attention was something he never saw coming.

"I was completely surprised by it all," Houston said. "It has always been a dream of mine to be a Div I recruit and to see it happen is a great feeling. It's what I've been working for and it just shows my hard work is paying off.

"Right now, it's early for me but I like a lot of the Pac-12 schools. I like USC and UCLA of course but I also like Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Washington and Washington State. I'm going to visit UCLA next Monday with Dwight, Adoree Jackson, and a few other teammates but that's the only thing I have set up right now.

"It would be fun to take a few other trips to some out of state schools like Arizona State or Washington. Right now, I have no plans to make an early decision, I want to go through the process, take my visits and them make a commitment later on in the process."

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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