March 29, 2012

Legacy prospect takes in practice

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Ohio State's first spring practice on Wednesday certainly drew plenty of attention from both local and national media. In addition to the wave of media at practice, a few Ohio prospects were also there to check things out including Dublin (Ohio) Scioto running back/linebacker William Houston. The 5-foot-11, 230-pound prospect is the son of former Ohio State fullback William Houston Sr. and he came away impressed by the atmosphere at the first practice.

"It was good, I liked it, it was really intense," said Houston. "I was watching the linebackers primarily. I went down to watch the offense a little bit but I am primarily being recruited as a linebacker (by Ohio State) so I was following the linebackers around."

Overall, Houston said he saw good things out there from the Ohio State linebackers.

"Ryan Shazier should be really good this year," he explained. "Etienne (Sabino) is going to be good and Curtis Grant was also in the starting three. I also was watching Josh Perry out there."

Seeing Perry out there working was an exciting feeling for Houston. The two have known each other for a few years and played against each other in the Ohio Capital Conference the last two seasons.

"It was actually exciting, I was proud of him," he said. "It was real exciting seeing him out there. He should technically be in high school still but he graduated early so for him to already be getting some reps out there, that's awesome."

After practice, Houston was able to speak with numerous members of the coaching staff, including his main recruiter Luke Fickell.

"I talked to coach (Urban) Meyer, coach (Mark) Pantoni, coach Fickell, coach (Mike) Vrabel and coach (Greg) Gillum," he said. "Coach Gillum talked to my mom and then coach Meyer said he was glad I was there. Coach Fickell said he was glad that I was there and that he's going to come watch me this spring in track and that he wants me to come to the one-day camp so he can evaluate me."

Houston picked up his first offer a few weeks ago from Bowling Green but is hearing from several BCS programs and could be on the verge of another offer or two.

"I've been hearing a lot from Michigan and Northwestern," he said. "I was supposed to be up at Michigan yesterday (Tuesday) but I had track. I'm heading up to Northwestern on Saturday and they're after me pretty hard. Cincinnati and Missouri are also recruiting me pretty hard. Hopefully another offer will come soon when I make it to one of those schools."


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