Houston Still Firm with Carolina?

4-star RB Ryan Houston committed to North Carolina earlier this year and on Saturday he visited Clemson to watch the Tar Heels battle the Tigers. CUTigers.com has the latest on Houston and his commitment to the Tar Heels in this recruiting update.

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The 6-2, 250 pound running back prospect traveled to Death Valley on Saturday where he watched Clemson dismantle North Carolina 52-7.

"It was a good trip," Houston said. "I went down with my mom and my stepfather. My stepfather is from Clemson. I also have a couple of uncles from Clemson. They showed me a good time. My mom likes it down there. I thought Carolina would do a lot better. They had a terrible game."

When asked if he is still firm with his commitment to the Heels, Houston responded, "I am still solid. I am not going to change my commitment just because they are not doing well. I chose Carolina for a reason."

Houston also said the only that would change his mind about signing with the Tar Heels would be a coaching change.

"If they had a coaching change I would open things up and change my commitment," he said. "The staff is one of the reasons I committed to Carolina."

Did the visit to Clemson help the Tigers chances if Houston opens up his recruitment at a later date?

"Yes, it helped a little bit," he said. "My mom likes it up there. My stepfather and uncles showed me a good time down there."

The prize recruit is making travel plans week by week.

"The coaches just text me and tell me about their games. My mom decides where she wants to go and we go from there," Houston said.

Not surprisingly, the 4-star back is off to a strong start during his senior season.

"I had 14 carries for 156 yards and four touchdowns Friday night in a 70-0 win against Ardrey Kell," he said. "They are a new school. It was a conference game so coach didn't want us to take it easy on them. We are going to play every game like we are supposed to play. We are going to focus each week during practice whether we are playing Ardrey Kell or Independence. I only played the first half.

"For the year I have 14 touchdowns and over 750 yards rushing in five games."

Clemson is expected to sign at least one running back in the 2007 recruiting class.

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