On Twitter, Demariyon Houston goes by "Hollywood."
In person, his coaches and teammates call him "Peanut."
Regardless of nickname, the speedy 6-foot, 165-pound wide receiver is now a Cornhusker.
Houston, a multi-year standout at powerhouse Millwood High in Oklahoma City, signed with Nebraska on Wednesday, marking the program's lone scholarship addition on the late signing date.
“On Twitter he’s got the 'Hollywood' and all that kind of stuff, that’s the alter ego, but that’s not really him,” Millwood coach Darwin Franklin told the Journal Star this week. “He’s not about that. He really isn’t. He’s really a laid-back kind of guy and we have a lot of similarities in the sense that we can be in the background and be perfectly OK doing that.”
Houston had 20-plus scholarship offers as a three-year starter at Millwood and was committed to Texas from July to December. The Longhorns made it clear they were looking elsewhere, though, and after he started looking around again the Huskers snagged a January official visit.
“I think it’s one of those things where it’s genuine. It’s honesty,” Franklin said. “(Running backs coach Ryan) Held really started the process, and (offensive coordinator Troy) Walters, of course. Coach Held never really disappeared in this process, he never did go away, and I think it was just that. The consistency of being around him more than anything and they’re all genuine guys."
At Millwood, Houston helped the Falcons win 39 straight games and back-to-back state titles before falling in the Class 2A championship game in November.
"The first thing is that we really liked him as a person and really enjoyed his family," NU coach Scott Frost said Wednesday. "Demariyon is a kid that can really run. Our offense, as long as I’ve been in it, has been really successful and dangerous when we have a bunch of people that are weapons and can do a lot with the ball in their hands.
"Demariyon’s got legitimate speed, was a good player on both sides of the ball and returning kicks down in Oklahoma."
Houston checks in at No. 3 on The Oklahoman’s list of the top 30 players in the state and is considered one of the fastest. In the spring of 2017, around the time his recruitment really took off, he ran the 100 meters in 10.71 seconds and the 200 in :21.42.
“I’ve really watched him grow,” Franklin said. “He was a freshman who was trying to figure things out and everybody else saw his potential, but he had to kind of separate himself from some of his peers that wanted to go a different route. To now, being one of the guys that constantly tries to tell the younger guys, ‘this is the way things are done.’
“He’s just really developed into a leader and he’s still growing, still maturing himself, but along the right path.”