Originally created 02/12/99

Top prep QB House may wait till June



Football recruiting season is supposedly over, but one of the nation's top prep quarterbacks is still undecided.

J.R. House, the national record-setting quarterback in Nitro, W.Va. (12 national passing records), has pared his list of prospective college football choices down to Georgia, Duke, Tulane and Marshall. Roger House, J.R.'s father, told The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., that a decision may not be reached until after the professional baseball draft in June.

House is a potential high draft pick in the baseball draft as a catcher.

The House family knows Georgia coach Jim Donnan from his days as head coach at Marshall, the university close to home. House's mother, Nancy, told The News & Observer said she thought her son might now be leaning toward college football, but his father said there may be an option to play professional baseball and college football.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound House completed 382 of 550 passes for 5,528 yards with 65 touchdowns last season in leading Nitro to the state championship. He had 14,459 passing yardsin his career and broke the 35-year-old national career total offense record by more than 2,300 yards with 14,713. In the state championship game, House completed 43 of 60 passes for 647 yards and 10 touchdowns in a 69-52 victory over Morgantown.

House played football at Nitro, W.Va., and baseball at Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze. His father owns businesses and homes in both areas.