"I got an offer from Louisville and I got an offer from Miami," said Houston. "I know Louisville has a big running back [Michael Bush]. I'm glad they are showing interest because they'll use a big running back.
"With Miami, that's a dream come true for anybody. They weren't even writing me letters, they just came in with an offer. That was kind of big."
Prior to these new offers, North Carolina and Florida were Houston's co-leaders. However, with new options and increased pressure from opposing coaching staffs, Houston has opened things up slightly.
Ryan Houston rates as one of the top running
backs in the nation.
"A lot of teams have jumped into the mix [with North Carolina and Florida]," said Houston. "I guess some teams didn't think they were recruiting me hard enough. N.C. State they jumped into the mix, they text me everyday. Tennessee they jumped into the mix. Clemson definitely jumped into the mix. Miami, they're in the mix, too. All those schools and Carolina and Florida are my favorites."
Penn State also recently offered a scholarship and the Nittany Lions are in the mix for Houston's eventual services. "Oh yea they're in the mix," said Houston. "Coach [Joe] Paterno is the second most winningest coach [in college football history]. I'd love to play for a coach like that. Plus, it's all about running backs up there."
Focused on the weight room and class work, Houston hasn't taken any recent unofficial visits, but is down to 250 pounds from the 274 he weighed in at the Scout.com Combine held in March.
Over the summer he is considering camps at Michigan and North Carolina.
As a junior at Matthews (N.C.) Butler High School, Houston rushed for 1,910 yards and 34 touchdowns earning All-Area honors.