UCLA Pursues Denver Back

The Bruin coaches have utilized their connections in Colorado to recruit 6-0, 245-pound <b>Michael Houston</b> from Denver Montbello High. The tailback talks about how UCLA was the first to recruit him seriously...

The Bruins are at it in the state of Colorado, again.

Current UCLA staff members that coached at Colorado have maintained solid ties in the state and have uncovered another gem.

UCLA was the first school to offer Denver (Montbello) running back Michael Houston (6-0, 240) three weeks ago. Now, just last week, Texas and the home-state Buffaloes have followed suit. But UCLA is in a strong position for the tailback.

"Coach (Eric) Bieniemy offered me a few weeks ago," said Houston. "It was real exciting to get that first offer. I have that one in writing. The other two should be here right away."

Houston has scheduled his official visit to Westwood for December 3rd.

He is taking his official visit to Texas this weekend. "Coach Mack (Brown) called me last week and said they wanted to offer and that my letter would be in the mail. They have coaches coming to my game, tonight."

Colorado offered just two nights ago. "I have a slight interest in Colorado. I am a little disappointed that the home-front school didn't offer me until some other schools did. Coach (Shawn) Simms is my recruiting coach. He called two nights ago with the offer. I figure I'll be getting that one in the mail here real soon since it's in-state. I'll be scheduling a visit there."

It appears the Bruins and Longhorns have a major edge at this point. "Those are definitely my top two. I look forward to taking visits to both of those schools and maybe some others. I also like Iowa State and Notre Dame, a little. There are also some other schools calling. We'll see what happens."

Many of these same schools are also recruiting some of Houston's teammates. The main one is wide receiver Jerrell Yates, whom already has an offer from Colorado. "The Texas coaches told me they will be checking out Jerrell at the game tonight and I know UCLA really likes him, too."

The added benefit for the school that gets Houston is that he is a December graduate and will be heading to his school of choice in the spring of '05. So he will most likely be making his college decision after the UCLA visit.

This season, he ranks seventh in the state of Colorado in rushing with 1,110 yards and 15 touchdowns. All schools involved like him as a tailback.

Houston is a full qualifier with a 3.8 core GPA and a 19 on his ACT. He has aspirations of majoring in Business Law.

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