Buford offensive lineman Kolton Houston commits to UGA

Like father, like son.

Buford offensive lineman Kolton Houston committed to Georgia before Saturday’s G-Day, following in the footsteps of his father, former UGA football player Shane Houston. “Yes, I did,” Houston told the AJC. “Georgia is the right fit for me and I can’t wait to get here.”

“It’s a great honor to be a Bulldog and I can’t wait to play in front of 92,000 people ‘Between the Hedges.’”

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Houston selected Georgia over around 15 offers, including Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Auburn, Florida State, and Michigan State. 

Houston has a lot of red and black in his blood. His father was a backup linebacker at Georgia in the late 1980s. Both of Kolton’s parents attended UGA.

Despite the family connections, Houston was a good catch for the Bulldogs. Kolton had started looking seriously at other schools because Georgia was taking longer than competing colleges with his evaluation. However, everything changed when Georgia’s Mark Richt finally offered Houston two weeks ago at spring practice. 

Georgia jumped to the top of Houston’s wishlist, and after thinking about it over the last two weeks, Houston gave Richt the news on Saturday.

No. 56 Kolton Houston

No. 56 Kolton Houston joined UGA's 2010 recruiting class

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  • 30 comments Add your comment


    April 11th, 2009
    1:15 pm

    Welcome as a player Kolton, it is obvious that you are already a member of the DawgNaation.


    April 11th, 2009
    1:18 pm

    You are gonna be a great Bull Dawg!


    April 11th, 2009
    1:25 pm

    yes, good luck and enjoy your career in every way except the last Saturday in November…..BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

    PTC Jacket

    April 11th, 2009
    1:50 pm

    Congrats! Have fun being a Dawg!

    Parkview G

    April 11th, 2009
    2:11 pm

    Kolton learned all about the recruiting process after he was recruited by Buford High School

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    April 11th, 2009
    2:12 pm

    From what I’ve read, you seem to be a great young man. Best of luck at UGA, Kolton. If you seriously considered Tech, we appreciate the opportunity. Look forward to battling you every year .


    April 11th, 2009
    2:31 pm

    He’s not one of the top 10 senior o-lineman in Gwinnett Co. He better get better in a hurry. Slow as Christmas.

    Sven Ottke

    April 11th, 2009
    2:59 pm

    This is a good opportunity for a long shot at the D1 level to get a college degree. Should bode well for him in the long run of life. Congrats.

    Von Rich

    April 11th, 2009
    3:53 pm

    Coach are you stoned on crack? Houston is the BEST player in the county bar none.

    Benny Humphreys

    April 11th, 2009
    3:56 pm

    Kolton, congratulations, you will be playing for a great coach as well as a great person in Coach Searles.

    Dawg fan

    April 11th, 2009
    4:39 pm

    Good article and good recruit for UGA.
    On another subject, how did Mack Brown and the other locals do in the competition Friday?

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    April 11th, 2009
    6:44 pm

    Michael, apparently Marc Deas has committed to play for the bulldogs as well. Welcome Marc and Kolton!!!

    Dawg Tired

    April 11th, 2009
    8:01 pm

    Me thinketh “Coach” smoketh something illegal.

    Michael Carvell

    April 11th, 2009
    9:02 pm

    Von Rich: Kolton Houston is THE BEST player “bar none” in Gwinnett County? North Gwinnett may have the best offensive lineman in USA with JaWuan James. People at North Gwinnett say his teammate Austin Shephard (committed to Alabama) is better. You got big-time prospects at Norcross, Grayson, GAC, too many schools to mention. Kolton is good, but Gwinnett County, as usual, is LOADED


    April 11th, 2009
    10:18 pm

    Congratulations to Kolton’s parents. This is exactly why they moved, and transferred their son, to Buford City Schools from the Brookwood Schools Cluster… to get Kolton recruited by UGA. As successful as Brookwood’s football program is, not too many of the Broncos’ players advance to SEC football.

    G. Tampa Bedwetter

    April 11th, 2009
    11:43 pm

    Every year, Georgia Has a top 5 rated recruiting class; but our team rarely finishes ranked in the to 5.
    Could the problem possibly be Saint Mark of Richt?


    April 12th, 2009
    7:51 am

    Welcome to Dawg Nation. Make the most of this opportunity— on and off the field.


    April 12th, 2009
    8:10 am

    BEDWETTER, good name, kinda fitting. UGA has been in the top ten the last 7 out of 8 years. Where have you been? And yes, that includes being ranked #3 in 2002 and #2 in 2007.

    BullDawg Rick

    April 12th, 2009
    8:42 am

    Kolton… Welcome to the BullDawg Nation..
    Great to see you & meet your family as you walked thru the stands to the hedges at the G-Day Game.. Best to you & the Wolves next season (Sis teaches at Buford)….

    Go Dawgs!!


    April 12th, 2009
    9:26 am

    Bedweter-Get educated about bigtime SEC football or stay off the blogs,you are embarrasing yourself by your considerable lack of knowledge.

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    Dawg Man

    April 12th, 2009
    9:11 pm

    With all this top recruiting talent that Richt is pulling in, it will not be long before UGA is dominating the SEC like before and beating Florida and quieting their very annoying fans!!!

    Auggie Doggie

    April 12th, 2009
    11:27 pm

    With all this talent we should be ranked #1 again this year. It is just a matter of time until we dominate nationally. We already do because ESPN had our spring scrimmage on nationwide TV. I mean it was just our G-Day game! 5-star recruits will be standing in line! All you nerds better get ready for the beatdown every Thanksgiving for the next 7 years at least! Gators are dog meat!


    April 13th, 2009
    4:47 am

    dawgs once again attract top recruits! georgia will have two players drated in the first round.

    there is no wonder why the dawgs finish in the top ten every year.

    also, why does mark richt’s lead in the series with saban’s,if coach richt is not a better recruiter or maybe, he is a better coach!
    it ’s got be one or the other or maybe it is both!

    bama will crash in 09 as ole miss wins the west!

    Dawg fan

    April 13th, 2009
    9:48 am

    Was there a combine type competition last Friday in Atlanta? Thought I read there was going to be one with lots of UGA prospects competing but I haven’t read anything on it. Tks.

    preacher dog

    April 13th, 2009
    7:25 pm

    Have watched Kolton Houston play all the way tru GFL at QTR back, not his natural position –always played with 150% heart & guts- at Buford he earned his success will do same at UGA.

    Slick NL

    April 13th, 2009
    9:30 pm

    Congrats Kolton! Best of luck in your senior year. Really enjoy your game. Coach- you remind me of the old coach from “Cheers”.