Zelt Minor is Houston's sixth commit

Houston was known for its high-octane offense last season, and the first five members of its 2013 recruiting class either play on the offensive end or contribute on special teams. Commitment No. 6 is the Cougars’ first defensive pick-up.

Defensive lineman Zelt Minor (Houston/Lamar) verbally committed to Houston on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound lineman plays defensive end for his high school team but is being projected as a defensive tackle in college.

“I’ve never felt like this. I’m blessed,” Minor said. “I think of all the colleges I performed for and said they would offer, but U of H came through. I’m happy, and I know my parents love it.

“I love the atmosphere there. I’m a people person, so I love being around the people at home games, and I liked the players and how they performed. Plus, U of H is close to home. If anything goes wrong, it’s right up the street from where I live.

Minor said he chose Houston over offers from Florida Atlantic, UTSA and McNeese State. He was recruited by defensive line coach Ricky Logo, as well as receivers coach Brandon Middleton. Minor was a first-team, all-district selection who helped Lamar advance three rounds into the Texas Class 5A Division I playoffs last season.

Minor was excited about being the first defensive player to commit to the Cougars. He is expecting to learn a lot from the Houston coaching staff in an effort of becoming a much-improved, versatile defensive lineman.

“After this past season, I feel like I still have a lot to work on,” Minor said. “Everyone can expect more explosiveness, more quickness and better hand movements. Everybody is going to like what they’re going to see.”