10John Houston Jr.
2017: Houston will battle for playing time at inside linebacker as a sophomore in 2017.
2016: Houston, who returned healthy after a 2015 back injury, saw action as a backup at inside linebacker and on special teams as a redshirt freshman in 2016. Overall in 2016 while appearing in all 13 games, he made 16 tackles. He had 3 tackles at Stanford, 2 against Arizona State, 1 each versus Colorado, Arizona and California, 2 against both Oregon and Washington, 1 at UCLA, 2 against Notre Dame and 1 versus Penn State.
2015: Houston redshirted as an outside linebacker as a first-year freshman in 2015. He was slowed during the year with a mid-season back injury.
HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2014 Parade All-American first team, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, USA Today All-California, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-CIF Pac 5 Division, Los Angeles Times All-Area first team, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay Defensive Player of the Year and All-Mission League Co-MVP as a senior linebacker at Serra High in Gardena (Calif.). He had 147 tackles (6 for losses, with 3 sacks), 3 interceptions, 4 deflections, 3 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 2014.
As a junior in 2013, he made Student Sports Junior All-American first team, Max Preps Junior All-American first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team, All-CIF Western Division, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Mission League first team as he had 137 tackles (6 for losses), 9 deflections and 2 fumble recoveries.
He made Max Preps Sophomore All-American first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team and All-Mission League second team as he had 129 tackles, 5 deflections, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble as a 2012 sophomore. He was a 3-year starter. Current Trojans Olajuwon Tucker, Jalen Greene, Jalen Jones, Rasheem Green, Deontay Burnett, Oluwole Betiku, C.J. Pollard and Christian Herrera also prepped at Serra.