John Houston spent some time in Arizona recently to visit his grandparents and during that trip he also saw both in-state schools.
The family was definitely impressed.
Houston, the top-rated outside linebacker and a five-star prospect by Rivals.com, visited Arizona and Arizona State and his father said both will remain under serious consideration.
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It's believed other programs are higher on Houston's list but the Sun Devils and Wildcats did a nice job with Houston, a 6-foot-3, 208-pound prospect from powerhouse Gardena (Calif.) Serra who remains open in the process.
"It went really well," John Houston, Sr., said. "The people treated us really nice. ASU has a great facility. The head coach and the defensive coordinator they really spoke of John highly. They talked about the position they want him to play and what they wanted him to do. It went really well. ASU is a great place. I was impressed by it.
"Arizona has great facilities as well. That was an impressive place. Both visits went really well."
Houston's grandparents live in the Phoenix area, about 20 minutes from the Arizona State campus, so if he were to choose either Arizona school he would have family close.
As for official visits, Houston is working on setting up dates for Oklahoma, Oregon and Florida State. It is expected he will take his two other visits but Houston, Sr., said no other trips have been decided at this point.
There are plenty of schools under consideration but Houston hasn't finalized his final visits yet.
"Those are the three so far," Houston, Sr., said. "He said he had a couple more colleges that are in his top for official visits. Later on we're going to try to pin it down. We want to talk with Oregon, Florida State and Oklahoma to make sure we can get those official visits worked out.
"It's still kind of wide open for the other visits. SC and UCLA are right up the street. The way ASU looked I'm pretty sure he's going to think about that school. Alabama is another school and there are many others."