James Houston IV still lists Wisconsin as one of his top schools despite flood of new offers

Plantation (FL) American Heritage linebacker James Houston IV has had a run of power five conference offers this month, but the three-star prospects still views Wisconsin - his first offer - in very high regard.

It seems like every couple days, Plantation (FL) American Heritage outside linebacker James Houston IV has a new offer to tweet about. In the last nine days, Houston has received offers from LSU, Miami, Tennessee and West Virginia.

But with each new opportunity that has come in, Houston still remembers that the University of Wisconsin was the first school to believe in him.

“(My relationship with Wisconsin) is going very well,” Houston told BadgerNation. “I talked to them almost every day. I love Wisconsin. I want to go back up there, I want to see the spring game, I want to do everything in Wisconsin. I really like Wisconsin.”

While former defensive coordinator Dave Aranda was involved in Houston’s recruitment, a reason why the Tigers didn’t wait long to offer a scholarship, the 6-3 linebacker’s main recruiting contact at Wisconsin has always been defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield. According to Houston, that relationship is very strong.

“Coach Aranda ran the defense, and I didn’t know how the Wisconsin defense was going to turn, but (Breckterfield) told me they would be running the same scheme,” said Houston. “He told me (Justin Wilcox) is a very good coach and a very good person. He wants me to come up and meet him, because the staff had a meeting about me and he really wants to meet me.”

Houston holds additional offers from Arkansas, Kentucky, Miami, Mississippi State and Pittsburgh, among others. In addition to wanting to visit Wisconsin, Houston wants to take a closer look at Arkansas, Pitt, South Carolina and Southern Miss.

Houston’s main offseason goal is to get his 40-yard dash speed until 4.5 seconds, as well as strengthen his 220-pound frame and make it more explosive.

“I want to make more big hits and big plays,” said Houston.

If Houston does that, even more scholarship offers will flow to him.

“I always felt since I was little that I should be playing at that big time level,” said Houston. “All these schools come to me and offering me puts things in perspective to me. It helped me understand that I’m really being blessed.” 


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