John Houston is one of the top prospects in the 2015 class so his opinion matters especially with the news Monday that USC hired Washington coach Steve Sarkisian.
USC, Washington and many others have already offered the five-star linebacker from Gardena (Calif.) Serra and Houston had a reaction similar to many other top prospects that opined about the USC coaching situation.
They seem to be excited about Sarkisian coming to USC and simultaneously disappointed that Ed Orgeron will no longer be on staff.
"I haven't really looked at it much but I think it's a good move for SC," Houston said. "I would have liked coach O at the spot but since they put Sarkisian at the spot it's pretty cool to me.
"I talked to him a couple times here and there. He gave me the whole rundown about the Washington program up there. He's a good coach. He did an awesome job at Washington and I want to see what he does at SC now."
Houston, who looked good this past summer at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour in Chicago, now has offers from Cal, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Washington State.
It's so early in his recruitment that Houston said he wants to sit back and he'll take special notice of how Sarkisian handles the USC program moving forward. Not having Orgeron is a disappointment but Houston said he's excited to see how the Trojans perform.
"I'm going to look at it now," Houston said. "I want to see how they do without (Orgeron) at the head coaching spot."