Florida nabs commitment from in-state LB James Houston

New Gators commit James Houston. (Zach Alboverdi/AJC)

New Gators commit James Houston. (Zach Abolverdi/AJC)

Florida picked up its first commitment from its Friday Night Lights recruiting event, as Class of 2017 three-star linebacker James Houston said yes to the Gators.

Houston, from American Heritage School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the Gators’ 11th commit in the Class of 2017 and the second linebacker, joining Ventrell Miller, who committed last month.

Gators coach Jim McElwain appeared to appreciate the news, tweeting:

Houston said he tore his ACL a few weeks ago running a route as a tight end during a 7-on-7 competition, but that didn’t stop schools from continuing to pursue the 6-foot-1, 225-pound prospect.

“A lot of colleges stayed on me after the ACL, but I just felt like Florida was really just home for me,” Houston said. … “They know I’m gonna come back stronger, faster, and they still believe in my ability.”