John Houston plays at a big-time program and had a solid sophomore season but the 6-foot-3, 198-pound outside linebacker was still surprised he picked up his first offer so early.
UCLA was the first to offer the 2015 prospect in recent days and Houston is thrilled to be on the board. It's expected the Bruins will be the first of many to offer the Gardena (Calif.) Serra prospect but Houston said he's excited his recruitment is underway.
"It was pretty random," Houston said. "I wasn't talking to them too much so it's a little out of nowhere.
"I've been to some of their games, some of their scrimmages and I went to their camp last year so I've been around there a lot. I think they're going to have a great season this year. They look like an up-and-coming program I could definitely play for."
The location, the recent success of the program, the way coach Jim Mora is changing the mentality at UCLA all stand out to Houston, who helped lead Gardena Serra to the state championship this past season.
The 2015 recruit said the UCLA offer is huge but that it's still way too early to make a commitment.
"It's really big for me," Houston said. "It's a big start for my recruiting process. It's really big for me right now.
"It's really too early to talk about commitments right now. I'm just going to look at their program and their coaches for right now."
Other than the Bruins, Houston said no other programs have had many discussions with him which is a little surprising since he's such a talented player. It's expected, though, that things could pick up even more at any time.
"It's been pretty quiet right now," Houston said. "They've been the only ones that have offered me or talked to me really."