Ryan Houston uncertain about future plans

Ryan Houston, the star North Carolina running back, is uncertain about his future college plans. The 6-2, 250-pound four-star prospect verbally committed to North Carolina last summer, but a coaching change in Chapel Hill has Houston re-thinking that decision.

Ryan Houston, the star North Carolina running back, is uncertain about his future college plans. The 6-2, 250-pound four-star prospect verbally committed to North Carolina last summer, but a coaching change in Chapel Hill has Houston re-thinking that decision.

Will he keep his commitment to the ‘Heels or opt for other suitors like Louisville or Florida? That's the question Houston will try to answer in the next few weeks.

One of the top running backs in the nation, Houston has rushed for 1,908 yards and 28 touchdowns this season, leading Butler to an 11-2 record. Butler will host Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Friday in the third round of the playoffs.

And while Houston's current focus is on a potential rematch with nationally-ranked Charlotte Independence and a possible state title, the nation's No. 7 running back prospect will soon turn his attention elsewhere.

"I'm still committed to Carolina," Houston told InsideCarolina.com this week. "I don't know yet [if I'll visit other schools]. I'm not doing anything with visits until after my football season is over."

Houston has been in frequent contact with Louisville and Florida this fall, and Butler High coach Mike Newsome told InsideTheVille.com before Butch Davis' hiring at UNC that his star running back would make an official visit to Louisville before finalizing his college decision.

Louisville views Houston as an ideal replacement for Michael Bush, who entered the 2006 season as a Heisman Trophy candidate before suffering a season ending injury against Kentucky in the first game of the season.

And while Davis' hiring has fostered a new-found positive attitude about Tarheel football in Chapel Hill, NC., Houston will reserve judgement until he meets with North Carolina's new coach personally. There has been speculation that Davis wants to move Houston to defense.

"Everybody asks me my opinion [of Butch Davis], but I don't know him," said Houston. "I've heard about him, but I've just got to wait and see. I heard he's a good coach."

According to InsideCarolina.com, Houston has received text messages from current UNC assistants regarding meeting Butch Davis sometime in the coming weeks or after his football season ends.


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