"Coming out of high school I had good grades, but I just didn't get any offers," Houston told JCFootball.com. "I had all of the Pac 10, except for Cal and Stanford, sending me stuff and talking to me, but no one offered, so I decided to come to Cerritos and work hard for two years and then see what I got after that."
Houston, who runs a 4.9 40 and benches 350, prepped at Gahr High School in Cerritos, Ca. and was a two-way star for the Gladiators.
"I had 15 receptions for 175 yards and one touchdown as a senior," Houston said. "On defense I had 37 tackles, nine tackles for loss and three sacks."
Last year as a freshman for Cerritos, Houston didn't start, but still managed eight receptions for 90 yards.
"This year I'm going to start and people can really see what I can do," Houston said. "I can stretch the field and I can run block. I'm a well-rounded tight end and I'll do whatever it takes to help my team win."
On the recruiting front, Houston is hearing from Arizona, Arizona State, Washington State, Minnesota, Oregon State, Tulsa and Boise State and the Cougars are the closest to offering at this point.
"Washington State really sounds interested in me," Houston said. "Coach (George) Yarno is the one recruiting me for them and he said basically that I just need to keep working hard and that they'll be recruiting me hard this fall.
"He also said they are taking a tight end and that I'm their top guy at that position."
Houston will graduate in December and will have three years to play two wherever he decides to finish his college career. He wants to major in Sports Medicine and said he knows what he's looking for when he decides which school to commit to.
"They basically need to have the full-package," Houston said. "I want to go to a good program, a school that has my major, a school that has good statistics academically. The coaching staff, the players and the environment all need to feel good too."
Houston hasn't set up any visits and expects to send out film this fall after his first two or three games to the schools showing him the most interest.