Ole Miss lands commitment from Lakota West standout Houston

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West Chester Lakota West senior running back Stephen Houston took a step closer to fulfilling a dream this week. Houston, who grew up a Southeastern Conference fan, made an oral commitment to play football at the University of Mississippi.


West Chester Lakota West senior running back Stephen Houston took a step closer to fulfilling a dream this week.

Houston, who grew up a Southeastern Conference fan, made an oral commitment to play football at the University of Mississippi.

Houston, who is 5 feet 11 and 210 pounds, attended an Arkansas Razorbacks’ football camp a couple years ago and caught the attenion of then-coach Houston Nutt. Houston received a scholarship offer this summer from Nutt, who now coaches Mississippi.

“It’s a great fit for me and my style of play,” said Houston, who grew up in Arkansas. “Plus it is close to my hometown. They have an awesome coaching stff and the program is great. They are on their way back to a winning tradition.”

Despite a nagging ankle injury this season, Houston leads Lakota West with 594 yards rushing on 114 carries (5.2 ypc.) and six touchdowns. He also considered Arkansas, Cincinnati and Tennessee.

“Stephen has big-time Division I athletic ability,” Lakota West coach Larry Cox said. “His combination of size and speed at the running back position will be a good fit at Ole Miss. We are proud to send another Lakota West football player to the SEC.”

Houston, who plans to study sports medicine, will join Kentucky junior fullback John Conner (class of 2005) in the SEC.

Houston, who played in the defensive backfield and returned kicked for Lakota West as a sophomore, moved back to Arkansas as a junior. He was a 1,000-yard rusher for Little Rock Fair High School.

Lakota West (4-3, 3-1 GMC) plays at Middletown (5-2, 4-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday (today).

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