Receiver's tape results in WSU offer

ANTHONY HOUSTON, a 6-4, 200-pound wide receiver out of San Diego's Mission Bay High, comes across pretty darned well on film. So much so that shortly after Washington State looked at his video, there was a scholarship offer from the Cougs waiting for him in his mailbox.

Houston was surprised at the WSU offer, saying they've had conversations with his prep coach at Mission Bay, Dennis Pugh, but he himself hasn't yet spoken with the Cougar coaches.

"I haven't talked to a coach up there yet," said Houston. "What happened was one of my coaches sent my film up there and then I got the (offer) from them in the mail about two weeks ago."

NCAA rules limit the time periods and number of contacts a school is allowed to initiate with a recruit. The current quiet period

Houston said its early in the process and he wasn't very familiar with Washington State yet.

"I do not know much about them at all," said Houston. "I've seen some highlights on them but that's pretty much it."

A LACK OF familiarity isn't the case with Nebraska and hometown San Diego State. Houston talks to the NU coaches on a regular basis.

"I try to talk to them once a month to let them know I'm interested," he said. "They have the new West Coast Offense...I think that could work for me being a wide receiver. That could suit me very well."

One player Houston patterns himself after is SDSU's star wide receiver, Jeff Webb.

"There was an article in the newspaper I read about him and it was just, 'Wow, he was just like me, going through the same things I was'", said Houston. "Just basically coming out and being a leader, stepping up your game that much more and doing that much more to become a better player."

IN ADDITION TO WSU, San Diego State and Nebraska, the first school to offer and with whom he has an official visit set for the weekend of September 3, Houston holds offers from Miami, Kansas State, Colorado, Arizona and SDSU. He said he has no favorites at this time.

"No, there's not," said Houston. "I'm pretty much open to all schools."

Also a standout defensive back with a 4.46 time in the 40, Houston said schools are primarily recruiting him at receiver. Saying he'll line up wherever his school needs him, he prefers receiver, all things being equal.

"Basically, they leave it up to me when I've talked to them," he said.

MISSION BAY employed a run dominated offense last season -- 333 carries to 133 passing attempts, making Houston's early offer list all the more impressive. He also said his junior season stats have been recently been corrected.

"Actually, I talked to my coach not too long ago -- it was 17 receptions for 410 yards and 5 TDs, said Houston. "And I had three interceptions and 54 tackles."

A SCHOOL'S ACADEMICS will be a primary consideration for Houston. A good Business Management program could also be a plus. On the football side of things, he wants to play for a coach who can help him reach his full potential.

"How I can become a good academic leader as well as an athletic leader will be important," said Houston. "And constant constructive criticism. Let me know what I can do to constantly become a better player."

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