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Houston working on visit schedule

John Houston has not worked out his official visit schedule yet but the five-star outside linebacker is planning trips to Oklahoma, Oregon and Florida State with some dates coming together.
The Gardena (Calif.) Serra standout said this past weekend that most likely he'll visit Oklahoma when it hosts Baylor in early November and he'd like to see Oregon when Stanford comes to town on Nov. 1 but he might have a scheduling conflict.
As for his planned trip to Florida State, Houston admits he does not know when he'll be able to make it to Tallahassee but that plan is still in place.
Houston is more focused on the preseason so booking official visits - or figuring out his other two stops - isn't a major concern at this point.
"I don't even know yet," Houston said. "It's up in the air. I'm trying to focus on the team and trying to get in shape back on the field. That's what I'm really focused on right now."
The five-star linebacker is looking at some major official visits but teams close to home are coming extra hard at him as well especially USC. The Trojans have been aggressive in the pursuit of Houston and the Serra prospect definitely notices differences with the new coaching staff.
'They're coming hard," Houston said. "I just have to take it slow. I'm taking it slow. I'm not rushing anything, no commitment or anything like that.
"It's a different feel. It's a good vibe going through the whole thing. The players have a different kind of bond, a brother bond, with the coaching staff. It seems more like family. The staff, the assistants, the trainers, they're all hyped and ready to go. I like that they're that way to start the season.
"They just want me to keep coming out, getting to know them, get a good bond with them."
It cannot hurt USC's chances that plenty of top Serra players have gone on to play there. Adoree' Jackson and others haven't talked up the Trojans much yet to Houston but he's sure it will probably come once the season starts.
"Not yet," Houston said. "They're getting into the program. I'm letting them ball. I can't bother them. They're not trying to bother me. During the season they'll come to the games and talk it up but right now we're focused on our programs and that's really it."