Jammal Houston has made major progress in a short period of time.
Houston, a 3-star wide receiver from John Ehret (La.) High School on New Orleans’ West Bank and an LSU target, has passed all four critical sports tests and has received medical clearance to the return to the football field. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect is expected to resume practicing with the team on June 5.
Last week, Houston failed to gain clearance from his orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Misty Suri. Houston was not expected to return to the field until at least July 10, following a return visit to the doctor.
With the go-ahead now, Houston can resume cutting on his left knee, the same one that he tore his ACL last September. The 3-star standout won’t be able to have contact until August.
This also represents a major move on the recruiting trail for Houston, who named LSU his leading school earlier this month and also laid out a final 12 schools. Houston is expected to meet with Tigers offensive coordinator Matt Canada and wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph about his knee, and it’s likely that with the medical clearance he will be able to participate in LSU’s elite prospect camp in June.
That will be a major hurdle for Houston as he figures out a potential landing spot ahead of a late summer decision.
Like LSU, Auburn and Mississippi State are among the programs that want to see Houston’s knee before his commitment. However, both LSU and Mississippi State have continued to recruit the New Orleans area prospect hard throughout his rehabilitation.
A good bill of health is a very positive first step toward Houston’s return to the field and a commitment in the next three or so months. LSU holds commitments from two wide receivers in its 2018 class: 4-star Kenan Jones and 3-star Jaray Jenkins. The team will likely reel in four recruits at the position after securing a transfer from former Texas Tech standout Jonathan Giles.
Houston is the No. 63 wide receiver in the 2018 recruiting class and the No. 14 overall prospect in the state, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.