'Stressful' days ahead for Serra LB Houston leading up to National Signing Day

BY foxsports • January 30, 2015

Serra linebacker John Houston pretty much knows what to expect from the next couple of days.

"It's just pretty much stressful," Houston said.

The four-star linebacker is attempting to narrow down his college choices from dozens to one. Houston is a national recruit who was offered by just about every major university in the country.

Last month Houston, the No. 6 linebacker in the country, according to Scout.com, announced his five finalists: Arizona State, Miami, Oregon, Oklahoma, and USC.

On National Signing Day, he'll announce his decision in front of his peers at Serra High School and a national television audience.

Catch our two-hour show, 'High School Spotlight Signing Day Special', on Wednesday at 1 p.m. on Prime Ticket and Prep Zone. Houston will join our coverage to discuss his school of choice.

Houston took official visits to all five of his finalists -- the last of those visits was to USC two weeks ago. 

USC is considered by many to be the favorite, but when it comes to National Signing Day, you can never be too sure, especially in a situation like Houston's where he says he's deciding between five different schools.

Catch our two-hour show, 'High School Spotlight Signing Day Special', on Wednesday at 1 p.m. on Prime Ticket and Prep Zone.

In order to make a decision, Houston says he's relied on his parents and his grandfather for advice. 

One thing that won't play a role in his decision is playing time. The Serra senior says he's sure that will take care of itself as long as he takes care of his business on and off of the field.

Meanwhile, anything else that could impact his decision, he'll continue to ponder.

"It's hard to me just trying (to narrow it down) because it's good factors in each and every school," Houston said. "Right now I'm just trying to figure out which factors are good for me."

Houston continued to improve every year for Scott Altenberg and his progress was shown in his numbers. He increased his tackle totals in each of his three varsity seasons going from 129 tackles as a sophomore in 2012 to 147 last season as a senior. 

He also had three interceptions and three forced fumbles in 2014.

Listed at 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds, Houston impresses with the way he's able to move in space for a player his size.

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