Flint Hill RB Jordan Houston (Photo: Sue Spencer/Flint Hill Athletics)
Jordan Houston flips from Terps to Wolfpack; Dizon stays in-state
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
Earlier, we reported on Flint Hill’s Jordan Houston and his recent commitment to the Wolfpack of N.C. State. It was no surprise that Houston will be playing for an FBS team; however, there was an element of shock among some local fans because it was believed that the Husky tailback was going to sign with the University of Maryland, and stay in his home state.
The Terp program has been in an embattled state recently, with the passing of Jordan McNair after an August practice last year followed by allegations of a hostile work environment by former coach D.J. Durkin. While either could have been seen as a reason for Houston to change his commitment, the truth turned out to be much simpler.
“Part of the reason why I flipped was the running back depth at N.C. State,” Houston told recruitNoVA on Saturday. “They will need me to play next year.”
In fact, Reggie Gallaspy Jr., the Pack’s leading rusher with 1,091 yards last year was a senior. N.C. State will return rising sophomore Ricky Person Jr. (471 yds, two TD’s in 2018) to the running back fold next season, but does not boast another returning rusher with over 70 yards.
Houston is a couple of inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter than the 6-1, 212 lb. Person, but brings deception and 4.4 speed to the Pack ground attack. Combined with the ability that allowed him to rush for almost 6,000 yards in high school, and playing for a winning program at Flint Hill (22 straight wins, two VISAA Division I championships), there is no doubt that Jordan Houston can make an immediate impact for an N.C. State team that finished 9-4 (5-3 in ACC) last season.
Lake Braddock’s Dizon Chooses CNU
Houston wasn’t the only running back to make his commitment last weekend. On Saturday, Lake Braddock tailback Ben Dizon got on social media to announce his commitment to Christopher Newport University.
“Of the different programs that I visited with, CNU was the perfect fit for me,” Dizon told recruitNoVA on Monday. “The campus is beautiful, the academics are excellent, and the coaches made me feel at home during my unofficial visit back in December.”
The Captains earned the respect of their new recruit with patience.
“When I was injured halfway through my junior season, many schools lost interest. I had a rough time, but pulled myself up, working hard both on and off the field. I rehabbed, had a great senior season and caught the attention of the coaches at CNU. They were aggressive in their recruitment and truly believed I could make an impact if I were to come aboard,” added Dizon, who started his Bruin career as a backup to Lamont Atkins, but became the feature back as a junior.
Dizon said he instantly connected with head Captains coach Art Link, as well as offensive coordinator Landon Mariani, defensive coordinator McNeil Parker and running back coach Taylor Loudan. “I felt this was the place to call home, with what the program had to offer, the academic support, facilities, and the opportunity to be a part of a successful program.
CNU is also a program on the uprise. The Captains joined the competitive NJAC (New Jersey Athletic Conference) three years ago and have quickly risen toward the top of the conference standings, finishing 7-2 (6-2 in NJAC) last season. With league winner Frostburg State’s ascension to Division II, the Captains should be one of the teams favored to win the crown in 2019.
– Jim McGrath