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Five-star planning Big 12 trip

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - John Houston showed up to the B2G Elite Camp wearing an Oregon sweatshirt but he made even bigger news by saying he's added another official visit.
Houston, the five-star linebacker from Gardena (Calif.) Serra, recently said he would take official trips to Oregon and Florida State and now he's going to Oklahoma as well.
"I just see how many people they've recruited, amazing athletes," Houston said. "Joe Mixon is one of them. Just trying to see how their program is going to be and I want to see the hype down there.
"They come out here a lot. They're trying to get some California talent out there. California is fast, it's the same out there in Florida and everything. We're just a little skinnier but we're still fast and we still have strength."
Three official visits are being worked on and Houston said he wants to take the two others but he's not sure where. The five-star is leaning toward not taking trips to USC or UCLA since both schools are so close - and both remain under serious consideration.
"Since I'm so close to them I can take unofficial (visits)," Houston said. "I can go there any day I want to. If I have two visits left I'll probably take them (to USC and UCLA) but if not I'm not going to take them."
Although the local programs might not get official trips there's no doubt Houston still likes the Trojans and the Bruins. USC has landed a significant amount of Serra talent recently and Houston might be next.
He plans to visit both schools soon.
"Just coming out there to practice pretty soon because the freshmen came out to practice, my boy Adoree' (Jackson), Olajuwon Tucker is out there," Houston said. "They have a lot of other studs and I want to watch my guys.
"I'm going to go out (to UCLA), too, support everybody. They want me to bring the family down."
Houston said he's especially excited to see Oregon on his official trip.
"They have a fast tempo offense and a fast tempo defense but I haven't really talked to the coaches," Houston said.
"I've talked to the coaches in brief conversation but nothing big. I want to see what they hype is down there. There's a lot of hype, a lot of speed. I want to see how fast they really are in a game when I'm watching them."
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