Houston's family grew up on USC

2015 Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker John Houston is starting to put together an impressive offer list. It includes USC -- a school his family knows quite a bit about.

At the New Level Athletics Elite 7on7 in Las Vegas (Nev.) the first weekend of March 2015 Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker John Houston didn't have any offers.

In fact, he thought he only received a few pieces of mail.

What a difference a couple of months makes.

The 6-foot-3 196 pound outside linebacker now holds four offers from some of the biggest programs in the country.

UCLA, USC, Florida, and Miami have all thrown their names in the hat for the 2015 recruit.

"It was a big surprise [to pick up these offers]," Houston said a week before spring workouts got underway at Serra. "I feel like I worked hard for it and just doing extra work offseason and in season."

Houston said he had confidence in his game before but that it's certainly grown with the schools who have come knocking.

UCLA was the first to offer Houston. He says offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, "wanted to get my recruiting process going," so Klemm extended an offer. "It was a shock," Houston recalled. "I was excited. It's a good program.

I went to campus [at the end of April] for a visit. It was really good to see what the school is about."

Houston will be attending the Bruins elite camp in June.

On the heels of the UCLA offer came one from crosstown rival USC. Houston has been in touch with receivers coach Tee Martin and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron.

The same day USC joined the recruitment, so did the Southeastern Confererence's Florida. "That's a big thing," Houston said. "I'm not just in California but all around the country. I appreciate that."

Houston's fourth offer is from Miami, "It was a shock," he said. "Just like everything else."

He remains steadfast there are on favorites at the moment, that he grew up watching any team that was on television. "I'm not just trying to look at one school," he said. "I'm just trying to look at every school and see how good their program is and get out of California to see how their programs are."

However, Houston knows his family favorites the Trojans. "They're really strong about USC," he said. "My family is USC fans. It was just the local team that was really good at the time."

Houston is happy with his list of current offers but wouldn't mind seeing it grow. "I'd like to get offers from Oregon and Washington," he said. "They're good outstanding programs that have good academics and are good all around schools."

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