Movie Don’t Lie | Devan Houstan


The plan is building up from the start for the Irish in 2023. Defensive tackling was a key need in this class and they are set up very well with some potential 3-technique tackles in Brenan Vernonand Boubacar Traore‍ and they just added a prospect with the potential to play Technique 1 well with the latest commitment from Devan Houstan‍.

A player who has experience playing all positions up front, he has the versatility and potential to be more than a two player for the Irish.

Height: 6’5″

Lester: 270

Projected position: Defensive tackle

DSI class: 91 (4 stars)

National average score: 91.0 (4 stars)

What it does best:

He has a good start. The tic at this size is impressive and he could be a disruptive one-spreader.


Although he mainly played at the end, he also played inside and showed his ability to split the double team. Houstan has long arms and plays long. It’s a perfect example of him hitting and separating before playing.


I really like his potential as a passing thrower. He plays with a good engine, shows above average speed later on and can also be a bully.


What it needs to improve:

The big problem with him as a passing thrower is that his feet and hands don’t work together yet. It’s not uncommon, especially for big men who can win multiple ways without having to use their hands better in high school.

I would like to see him be more consistently violent and get out of the blocks a little faster.

What is its ceiling? Houstan is the perfect body type Notre Dame needs on the inside. He has the frame to put weight on playing as a nose, but should be someone who could play either defensive tackle in a front four. He will likely need time to develop physically and technically before he can play a significant role for Notre Dame, but he has the potential to be a quality start as he progresses through the program. Who could it be: Jacob Lacey with a longer frame


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