METAIRIE, La. — Jammal Houston attended LSU’s high school camp last weekend hoping to earn an offer as a wide receiver.
The Class of 2018 athlete certainly inched closer to procuring that offer, but at a different position.
Houston, a 6-foot-2, 179-pounder from John Ehret High School (Marrero, La.), impressed LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond last weekend, leading the coach to offer some advice to the budding prospect.
As for that advice …
“He told me to keep working hard,” Houston told SEC Country. “If I do, they (LSU) were going to offer me as a defensive back.”
Houston clocked a 4.45-second 40-yard dash in front of the LSU coaches. Days later, he posted a 4.42-second 40 at the Tulane/Texas A&M camp at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans.
The rising junior and wide receiver-turned-defensive back remains devoted to the position change, which has been his main focus since making the stop in Baton Rouge, La.
“I just want to show that I can play defensive back and play lock-down defense,” Houston said. “He (Raymond) told me to work out at defensive back, so I’ve been working hard and trying to get stronger and get my weight up.
“I’m going to try and play both sides of the ball. To play defensive back, you got to learn techniques and stuff to keep up with the wide receivers. I’ve been talking about defensive back (with my coaches) and they’ve been working with me at practice.”
If and when LSU extends an offer to Houston, the talented 2018 athlete is a candidate to commit on the spot.
Houston told SEC Country that he’s long had interest in the in-state program, which he believes will help him fulfill his other career goals.
“It (an offer) would mean a lot,” Houston said. “That’s my favorite college, and to play in the SEC … I can play defensive back in college and then I think I can be a first-round draft pick.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.