Houston, we have a commit

Serra four-star linebacker John Houston was the second Cavalier to commit to USC Wednesday, becoming the the 23rd commitment in the 2015 class for the Trojans. Houston joins the nation's No. 1 linebacker class with Porter Gustin, Cameron Smith and Osa Masina.

The Serra pipeline to USC continued on Wednesday with Gardena (Calif.) four-star linebacker John Houston selecting the Trojans during a signing day ceremony on the Serra campus.

“For the next four years, I will be attending the University of Southern California — Fight On,” said Houston. “The school has great academics, great athletics and I liked the all around feel.

“Plus USC is right n my backyard, so it just made it perfect.”

Houston joins current Trojans Serra alums Adoree Jackson, Jalen Greene and Olajuwon Tucker as well as his five-star defensive end teammate Rasheem Green who also committed to the Trojans on Wednesday.

During the recruiting process, Houston officially visited Arizona State, Miami, Oklahoma and Oregon before checking out USC on an official basis the weekend of January 16.

"I've been to USC a ton of times and really have a good feel for the campus and everything there," Houston said after the visit. "There was a big group of recruits there and I really enjoyed getting to know those guys.

“Adoree (Jackson) and Jalen (Greene) were my hosts and it was nice to pick their brain and see how they like it. Adoree is already making plays and Jalen really loves it there. He said there isn't another school he would rather be at then at USC and those guys always give it to me straight so that meant a lot."

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Houston has a great frame and should fit well in USC's defensive system as a SAM linebacker, along the same lines of the role Su'a Cravens played most of last year.

He is extremely comfortable operating in space, but Houston is also a tough, physical presence on the gridiron. Many linebackers look the part, but don't have the production on the field. Houston has both, and he always seems to be around the ball and making plays.

Over 11 games during his senior campaign at Serra Houston accumulated 147 total tackles, three sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles, four passes defending and a fumble recovery.

“At 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, Houston has the kind of frame you dream about and isn't even close to filling out,” said Scout National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins. “He has the athleticism to make plays sideline to sideline, is very tough and physical and does a great job taking on blocks and making a play.

“He plays inside for Serra but projects as an outside ‘backer and his ability to rush the passer as well as drop back in to coverage should allow him to see the field early at the next level

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