The Florida Gators announced the enrollment of their fifth early enrollee today. Linebacker James Houston’s addition to the 2017 class was proclaimed in a tweet by Jim McElwain this afternoon.
The three-star committed to the Gators back in July, during Friday Night Lights, just days after suffering an ACL injury. Houston was not able to play during his senior season while he was recovering from that injury. His high school, American Heritage - also home to Florida commit Marco Wilson and Florida target (and Michigan commit) Kai-Leon Herbert - won the FHSAA Class 5A state championship, a feat they have accomplished in three of the four past seasons.
The Gators offered Houston based on the form that he showed in his junior season. Here’s what Andy had to say about that at the time of his commitment:
That form, though, is fine. Before the first minute of his highlight reel is done, he has a forced fumble, a sack, an interception, and multiple other tackles for loss. The portrait is of a well-rounded linebacker, if not a physically overwhelming one; Houston being 6'1" and around 225 pounds means he has fairly average size for the position, and his speed and quickness do not strike me as more than simply good.
Houston’s early enrollment announcement should be the last one that Florida makes. The Gators were originally expected to have six recruits enroll in January but CB Shawn Davis will not be enrolling for the Spring term. The other five - DT Kyree Campbell, TE Kemore Gamble, LB James Houston, ATH Kadarius Toney, and OL Kadeem Telfort - have now all been officially announced and are on campus.