In the state of Georgia, the line of scrimmage is owned by Buford High School. Big physical bodies on both sides of the line have become standard at the 2A program and it looks as though that trend is going to continue. Last season it was five-star defensive tackle Omar Hunter. This season it is two-way lineman Dallas Lee. In the class of 2010, expect defensive tackle Kolton Houston to keep the tradition alive.
Houston, a 6-foot-5 248 pound two-way player, has been making an impact on the field as a junior and one SEC school has already taken notice and has given him his first official offer.
"South Carolina offered me last week," Houston said. "I was stunned. I was shocked. I was so happy. I haven't heard from them but I guess (Buford head coach) Coach Simpson talked to them. I like them. I like them, Georgia and Clemson. Those are probably my three favorites."
Houston has his reasons for having those three schools on top and his father's football background is a big part of that.
"My dad went to Georgia and I'm a huge Georgia fan because of that," he said. "His name is Shane Houston. He played strong safety for them. At South Carolina, George Rogers, him and my dad were best friends growing up. They went to the same high school. So I've always liked South Carolina. Clemson is just a school I've always liked."
For Buford, Houston plays every snap on the offensive line and rotates at defensive tackle with his four-star teammate, Dallas Lee. With his size and athleticism, either position is a possibility on the next level.
"South Carolina offered me as a defensive tackle but they said I can play whatever I want to play," he said. "I like them both."
Along with South Carolina, Houston has received interest from his other two favorite programs along with schools such as Vanderbilt, Maryland, Georgia Tech and others.