RECRUITING: Houston, we have an in-home

SEVEN WASHINGTON STATE coaches are on the recruiting trail this week, combing the countryside for future Cougar playmakers. One wide receiver getting an in-home visit from WSU this week is Anthony Houston, a 6-4, 200 pounder out of San Diego's Mission Bay High. Houston, who holds more than a dozen offers, has narrowed his choices down to Washington State and three other finalists.

Houston's final four consists of Washington State, Oregon State, Nebraska and Miami. All four schools remain even.

He's taken official visits to all four save for Miami, which he hopes to get set up soon. Houston, who prefers the offensive side of the ball, is being recruited by WSU, OSU and Nebraska as a wide receiver while Miami sees him, despite his size, at corner.

Two northwest schools will be visiting Houston down in San Diego over the next few days, WSU and OSU.

"Washington State and Oregon State are coming by, I don't know when but its some time this week," said Houston.

ON HIS OFFICIAL VISIT to Washington State earlier this month for the Oregon game, Houston noted the family atmosphere, going on to say the small town climates of Pullman, Corvallis and Lincoln all compared favorably.

"It was a small town but I felt like I was part of the Cougar family," said Houston.

MISSION BAY, ON the strength of a smothering defense, is in the midst of an impressive playoff run with a semi-final tilt upcoming against Santa Fe this Saturday.

Despite constant double and triple teams, Houston has been the Bucs' main receiving threat with 26 receptions for 433 yards. Mission Bay is also a running team, with 3-to-1 of their offensive plays traveling via the ground this season and Houston's blocking has been key to those efforts.

Despite the ever present threat of the run, Houston has been constantly double and even triple teamed, but still accounts for nearly half of Mission Bay's receiving yardage on the year.

Defensively, he's racked up 37 tackles including a number of decleaters. Like all good players, he's stepped up his game on both sides of the ball in the postseason when it matters most, including this past weekend where he stuffed the opponent's best player on three straight tries.

Houston will be taking the SAT in December.

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