American Heritage graduate and Jackson State linebacker James Houston IV is heading to The Motor City after being chosen by the Detroit Lions within the sixth spherical of the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Lions picked Houston with the 217th choice in Las Vegas on Saturday, making him the third participant who competed in highschool soccer in South Florida taken within the draft. He follows Benjamin cornerback Kaiir Elam (twenty third choice) and St. Thomas Aquinas linebacker Nik Bonitto (sixty fourth).
Houston IV, listed at 6 ft 1 and 241 kilos, performed his senior season with the Tigers after transferring from the University of Florida. He completed his solely yr with Jackson State with 70 tackles, 16.5 sacks, seven pressured fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception and two defensive touchdowns. Those efforts earned him first-team All-SWAC honors.
In his stint with the Gators, Houston IV logged 103 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 4 pressured fumbles, and one blocked punt. He performed 4 years at American Heritage previous to that and received three state championships with the Patriots, together with in his senior season in 2016 below coach Patrick Surtain.