Cards offer super-sized North Carolina RB

Ryan Houston, a 6-2, 250-pound running back from Matthews, North Carolina, has offers from many of the nation's top college football programs. Houston received two big offers last week, including one from Louisville coach Bobby Petrino. Will Houston be the Cardinals next big back?

In the midst of the May Evaluation Period, two schools have come through with scholarship offers for Ryan Houston.

"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."

In addition to the Hurricanes and Cardinals, Houston possesses offers from Clemson, Florida, Michigan, N.C. State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

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 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.

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