You often hear the term "package deal" in recruiting and it usually involves family or teammates. Despite 5 star defensive tackle Rasheem Green and 4 star linebacker John Houston being teammates at Junipero Serra (California) and being two of the top defensive recruits in the nation, I have yet to read anywhere that they plan on making sure they end up at the same school.
It's not out of the question though for them to continue to be teammates at the next level with so many similar schools recruiting them in the Pac-12. The pair are headed to Oregon this weekend for an official visit and there's no doubt that everyone in Eugene would be thrilled if they ended up wearing green/yellow/chrome/white/some other color of the rainbow that Oregon uses in their jerseys.
Of course, teams like USC and UCLA are also hoping that both of them end up in their colors as well, but this is a huge weekend for the Ducks to make an impression on the two.
Green is the kind of impact defender that the Ducks rarely land in recruiting. He's a big time athlete for his size that can be explosive off the ball. He's capable of playing anywhere along the defensive line and fits the the Ducks scheme perfectly in terms of the height and length requirements they strive to find. The big difference with Green compared to a lot of other players the Ducks land along the defensive line is that he is way less of a developmental prospect and should be able to compete immediately in the Pac-12.
I saw him in person at The Opening and, after a bit of a slow start, was one of the top linemen at the event. Here's a glimpse of how Green performed:
Green is lined up at end and it's consecutive plays of him beating players like Clemson commit Mitch Hyatt and Arizona commit Keenan Walker in one on ones. Walker was doing very well at the camp and Green flat out put him on roller skates.
For more, here's a scouting report on Green.
Houston is a less explosive athlete than Green, but it's more because he is so efficient. He is a smooth athlete that can make up a lot of ground in a hurry as a sideline to sideline player with his long strides.
The one thing that really stands out about Houston's game as a linebacker is the way he uses his length to take on blocks. There isn't a better linebacker in this recruiting class that uses his hands better to shed and pursue the football.
Here's an example from Junipero Serra's game against nationally ranked Bellevue (Washington) earlier this season.
Houston is lined up at his usual inside linebacker position. This was a game where he constantly had to deal with linemen coming out to block him.
The guard comes right out at Houston and he can't merely avoid him like so many other linebackers do at the prep level. He is forced to take him on with his hands.
He's able to disengage from the block and now get to the running back.
He now has the back wrapped up and has made the play and is able to strip the ball out for good measure. The ball was ultimately recovered by Bellevue, but it was a heck of a play to get off the block, make the tackle, and then strip the ball.
Here's a clip of Houston doing this again against Bellevue and this time having Junipero Serra reccover.
Houston is already a heck of a football player and he's only going to get better once he gets in a college strength and conditioning program and can add weight to his frame.
I'm not sure either of them dreamed of wearing the multiple uniforms that the Ducks wear every year while growing up in California, but it would be massive to pull these two away from a school like USC.