Junior To Watch: James Houston
School: Booneville (N.C.) Starmount
Size and speed: Houston is 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds.
Statistics: On defense, Houston had 50 tackles, 16 interceptions, and returned three interceptions for touchdowns. On offense, he passed for 944 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1367 yards on 128 carries.
Favorite schools: North Carolina, NC State, Auburn, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Oregon.
Skinny: Houston is one of the top recruiting targets in North Carolina this year. He was a force on offense and an even bigger force on defense. Houston came within one interception of breaking the state record, a record Houston wanted badly.
“I was hoping they would pass to my side,” he said. “I wanted to try to break the state record.”
Houston has started for defensive back coach Scott Carter for two seasons.
“James is tall and has a lot of range. He gets himself into good position,” Carter said. “He breaks on the ball well and has good catch-up speed. He’s the best corner we’ve got.”
Houston is receiving attention from all over the country. He has a list of four favorites though.
“South Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Tennessee are on top right now,” he said. ”They are all even.”
Houston has an offer from Tennessee with many others coming his way soon enough.