November 3, 2009

Buffalo lands South Carolina three-star

Fresh off of a MAC championship in 2008, Turner Gill's coaching staff is making waves in the recruiting scene in the class of 2010. With an increased presence in the southeast, some top end talent is starting to take a look up north and recently one such talent gave a verbal pledge to the rising program.

Okoye Houston a cornerback prospect out of Piedmont (S.C.) Woodmont visited Buffalo the weekend of October 16th and not long after his official visit, he wanted to make his commitment official as well and committed to Turner Gill.

"I went on my official visit and really liked the people and the coaches and I thought it was a good fit for me," Houston said. "I committed two days after I came back. The top thing that made me decide was the people and the players were good. I liked how everything works up there."

Houston has picked off three passes during his senior season and has blocked two punts. At Buffalo, he will likely be used at the safety position.

"They said they were real happy when I committed," he said. "They are going to give me a chance. They said they are trying to put me at safety."

With offers from Western Kentucky, East Carolina and others, Houston had plenty of options but he chose to get a decision out of the way.

"I needed to pick so that I can just focus on my grades," he said. "All I need to focus on is my grades and working out."

Though Houston has the size and playmaking ability to make an early impact, he is ready to take on whatever role the coaches decide is best for him.

"I'm going to do what they think is best for me if it's redshirting or playing time," he said.

Houston said that he has no plans to take any more visits and is a firm commitment to Buffalo.


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