When looking at talent and athletic potential, cornerback James Houston is about as good as it gets. However, he has some other issues to deal with, and it's giving college coaches some things to consider.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound athlete from Boonville (N.C.) Starmount runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, using long strides and body control. For months he's been one of the top defensive backs on several school's recruiting boards, but grades could be an issue.
"I'm working hard right now to make sure I'm able to play next year," said Houston. "I don't know what's going to happen, but I'm doing the best I can to put myself in as good of a position as I can."
Houston admitted that some academic questions may be negatively affected his recruitment.
"That's definitely a possibility," he said. "But all I can do is go out and make things right. I'm still hearing from good schools like NC State, UNC, Tennessee and some others, so I'm not too worried. I'm confident I'll be playing on a good team in the near future."
Marshall is one school that has come on strong late, and is now a major player for Houston.
"Yeah, that's one school that I think I could see myself at," he said. "I like their coaches and they seem like they really want me. South Carolina has come on strong recently too. Then there are the others I mentioned."