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Thursday, April 18, 2013
USC extends two offers in familiar territory

By Blair Angulo

Class of 2015 linebacker John Houston Jr. Jr. (Gardena, Calif./Serra) put on an impressive performance at the recent Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp and received a UCLA scholarship offer, his first, shortly thereafter.

USC saw enough to do the same Tuesday afternoon when assistant coaches Ed Orgeron and Tee Martin dropped by the Serra campus on the second day of the spring evaluation period.

“This should definitely boost up his recruitment,” Houston’s father, John Sr., said. “But it also adds motivation to work harder and harder. It’s extra confidence but he’s got to keep doing what he’s being doing and remain humble.

“It was like a dream come true. As a parent, you get pretty excited. You hear from some parents when their kids get offered and you want that to be you. We are USC fans. There’s a tradition of winning there. We love USC.”

USC also offered Houston’s teammate, 2015 defensive end Rasheem Green. Florida offered both prospects on Tuesday as well.

Serra, which recently produced Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and George Farmer, is a known powerhouse that currently features ESPN 150 cornerback Adoree’ Jackson and highly coveted linebacker Dwight Williams. But with Houston and Green waiting in the wings, the talent level at the nearby school doesn’t appear to be on a decline.

“Everyone likes his size,” John Sr. said. “He’s 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, and he’s still growing. He’s got a pretty good time in the 40-meter [dash]. He knows how to get linemen off of him and is probably faster than some safeties out there.”

Houston and Green plan to camp with UCLA and USC this summer, and hope to visit some out-of-state schools.

“I want to fly him out to four of five schools,” John Sr. said. “He’s still pacing himself, though. Just because USC offered doesn’t mean it’s the school for him. The main thing is for him to find the right fit and weigh all of his options.”