Ryan Houston alters visit schedule

Ryan Houston is slowly, but surely, ironing out the kinks of his official visits schedule. The 6-foot-3, 255-pound tailback has added a new school and has all but eliminated two others.

"I'm going to N.C. State the 26th [of January]," said Houston. "It's not an official, official visit. I haven't talked to the coaches yet about making it, but it's on my mind. I talked to [Dick] Portee a little bit about [the visit]."

A North Carolina verbal commitment, Houston is following the trend of officially visiting other schools because of the coaching change at UNC.

Houston, who has firm official dates with North Carolina (January 19th) and Louisville (January 12th), might exclude Clemson and Florida.

"Clemson, I don't know if I'm going to [visit] them, [because] they don't text me anymore," said Houston. "When I get back from the all-star game on the sixth [of January], I've got like four weekends. And I haven't talked with the coach and they haven't even called and scheduled one."

Houston said he was disappointed with the recent dismissal of his primary recruiter Dave Brock.

"Ah man, Brock was my man, I don't know why they let him go," said Houston. "I was upset about that. Coach [Tommy] Thigpen called and told me the story. He was the first one to tell me the news about Brock. I was upset about it, my mom was upset about it – she liked Brock.

"I heard they're bringing some good coaches in. Hopefully, when I go up there and meet them, I'll feel comfortable with them and comfortable about their offense."

Despite the "soft" status of his pledge, Houston is spending Shrine Bowl week recruiting for the Tar Heels.

"I'm recruiting my boy Melvin Ingram," said Houston. "He has great size and he's real fast. He's really underrated. He's a great athlete. But, I got him to come with me to North Carolina on the 19th.

"I'm trying to get Jason Barnes up there – he's a good receiver. Barnes, Ingram, Tydreke [Powell], Weslye Saunders – I'm trying to recruit all of them."

Houston is having a decent week at the Shrine Bowl and expects to see significant carries especially in short yardage situations.


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