Demariyon Houston

Demariyon Houston made 35 catches for 772 yards and 11 touchdowns during his senior season at Oklahoma City Millwood.

Demariyon Houston was committed to Texas for nearly five months. But he never lost contact with Nebraska.

If the composite three-star receiver eventually joins the Huskers, that stretch of time will be as critical as anything that happened after he and the Longhorns parted ways in early December. At least that's how Darwin Franklin — Houston's coach at Oklahoma City Millwood — sees it.

"That's one thing that Coach (Scott) Frost's staff does a great job with is they target guys, then they develop relationships," Franklin said. "Even after he had committed to Texas and then Texas pulled off of him, they continued to communicate with him and keep their relationship. Shoot, depending on what decision he makes, it could pay out."

A similar never-give-up approach worked for Nebraska in the 2018 class with CJ Smith (Florida commit) and Miles Jones (Vanderbilt), along with Wandale Robinson (Kentucky) in this cycle. The Huskers have 26 scholarship additions in their 2019 group and would like two or three more by the end of Wednesday's signing day.

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Contrary to some reports, Franklin said Houston is not taking an official visit to Colorado this weekend. The wideout was in Lincoln on Jan. 18 and went to Minnesota in December. He also didn't go to Penn State, even after the school showed interest.

The 6-foot, 165-pounder made 35 catches for 772 yards and 11 touchdowns last fall and fought through injuries for 20 catches, 534 yards and seven scores in 2017.

Millwood used Houston all over the field on offense last year and mixed him in as a defensive back and kick returner, Franklin said. His verified 100-meter speed of 10.71 seconds establishes him as a straight-line burner, but his route running was perhaps the most improved part of his game.

"It's just been four years of productivity that he's done a great job at," Franklin said. "But the world is one of those things where he's had to earn every bit of it. He's done a great job with everything, and it's impressive what he's done."

Every recruiting service ranks Houston among the top six prospects in Oklahoma. He's a four-star recruit, according to 247Sports, ranked No. 308 nationally. Houston has not announced when he will make his decision.

Franklin said running backs coach Ryan Held should get the credit for investing time in Houston. The assistant joined Frost and offensive coordinator Troy Walters for an in-home visit last week.

"One thing Demariyon has said to us many times over and over again is he wants to be a better man after football, and football is not the only deciding factor for him," Franklin said. "He wants to make sure he's around great men to make him a better man later on."

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