Marrero (La.) Archbishop Shaw linebacker Joseph Prevost has picked up offers from Tulane, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, South Alabama, and most recently Houston.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker had an idea the offers might be coming his way with coaches from each school getting to know him. On Monday he welcomed his latest offer from the Houston Cougars, and he surprised them with an already strong tie to the program.
"Actually my cousin Clyde Drexler, the basketball player. He actually went there," Prevost said. "He's my dad's first cousin and my second cousin. He called the head coach and shocked him as well. He's a friend of the head coach. He wants me to go up there and visit. He thinks I'll like it if I go up there."
He also felt good about his conversation with Houston's linebacker coach.
"I spoke to the linebacker coach, coach Vernon (Hargreaves), and he's pretty cool," Prevost said. "He said he coached at Miami for 10 years and he coached a lot of good linebackers. He's a good coach."
Miami along with a few others are also keeping a close eye on the talented New Orleans-area defender.
"Miami. Miami definitely," Prevost said. "I've been talking to coach Michael Barrow every day, the linebacker coach from Miami. He's supposed to come to the school tomorrow to see me. I've spoke to Ole Miss today. Kansas State as well. They're coming to my school in May."
Prevost does not have any schools standing out right now, but he does feel like he has already established some strong bonds with a couple of coaches.
"I mean, coach Michael Barrrow, he's a pretty good football player and had a pretty good career, so it's pretty cool I get to talk with him," Prevost said. "Coach Vernon from Houston, he has a lot of experience with great NFL linebackers. Also the coach from Tulane. The wide receivers coach, coach Williams, he's a real cool guy.."
He has also noticed one school recruiting him harder than the others.
"I would definitely say out of all the schools La Tech is," Prevost said. "Like the whole coaching staff is pretty much talking to me. I get letters from them every day."
He may not be ready to name any leaders right now, but he does plan to make a preseason decision. He also has an idea about what he is looking for in a future college home.
"Basically a campus, like location, because I don't want to be too far from home, but I don't want to be too close either," Prevost said. "The football program. And of course the education."