UCLA Pursues Texas Athlete

UCLA has the multi-purpose athlete from Houston, Willie Gaston, in its sights. Will he trip and has UCLA offered?

Another top athlete from the state of Texas who is looking hard and long at UCLA is Willie Gaston, 5-11, 180, Houston (Tex.) Northshore. The powerhouse program of Northshore, which lost in the semi-final of the 5-A state championships this season, is stocked with potential D-1 players, and Gaston was one its key players this year. At the team's quarterback, he ran for 484 yards and 6 TDs, while throwing for 1,484 yards and 16 TDs.

This weekend Gaston, who said he's run a 4.38 in the 40 but is generally considered a 4.4 guy, will be visiting Houston. His brother, Levi Gaston, will play free safety for the Cougars after redshirting this past season. Gaston will be visiting UCLA on January 11, and Arizona on January 18. Houston has already had an in-home visit. The other schools will be making in-home visits in January, and lists Oklahoma State to round out his top four.

Gaston, when it comes to recruiting has two favorites, said he has one from his home state and one on the west coast. "Right now I have to say that my two favorite schools are UCLA and Houston," Gaston said. "It will come down to a choice of whether I want to play with my brother at Houston, or try to make a name for myself somewhere else."

UCLA, Houston and Oklahoma State have offered. "My family is leaving the decision up to me. My brother would love for me to come and play ball with him at Houston." While Oklahoma State is recruiting Gaston as an athlete with an opportunity to play quarterback, the other schools want him to play defensive back, including UCLA, where he probably projects as a corner.

"I'll probably know my decision before I get through all my visits. UCLA came through with a big offer. That's one of the top-of-the-line schools in the country. Everybody knows about UCLA," he said. "It's like a tug-of-war with UCLA and Houston back and forth, but I wouldn't want to rule out Oklahoma State yet."

Gaston carries a 3.1 GPA and is waiting for results on the latest ACT. He needs a 17 to be fully qualified.

According to Gaston, UCLA is also recruiting a Northshore teammate of Gaston's, big-play wide receiver, Chad McCullar, 5-9, 180.

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