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July 2, 2013

Houston makes it official

Just a couple of weeks ago Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive end Sumner Houston picked up an offer from Oregon State. Today he committed to the Beavers.

Houston visited Oregon State about a month ago so he's seen the campus and gotten a feel for what college life in Corvallis is like. After thinking things over for a while he decided that he knew what he wanted to do.

"It was probably around 11 this morning [when he committed]," Houston told BeaverBlitz.com. "I was at home. We had practice today but I'm planning on coming up to visit sometime soon. I'm not sure when. I was there at the beginning of the summer.

"I felt like it was a great place and I like the work ethic they have. That's very much like it is at De La Salle High School. I just like it up there. I like the rainy weather and the all-around experience. In California it rains sometimes but I like a little colder weather."

Houston said the Beaver coaches are recruiting him as a lineman without specifying whether they will use him on the offensive or defensive side of the ball. They believe the 6-foot-3, 260-pound prospect ultimately has the versatility to play on either side.

The coaching staff was a major factor in his decision.

"My recruiter and the person for my area was Coach Read. He was the one who gave me the offer. Coach Joe Seumalo, I liked him a lot, too. I worked with him at one of the camps. Coach [Mike] Riley is a really good guy, too."

Army, Cal Poly, Nevada, New Mexico State and UC Davis were the other schools to offer Houston over the course of the recruiting process.


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