Pack Offers Houston

Although the jury is still out on naming the top recruit in North Carolina for the 2007 recruiting class, Ryan Houston could easily be penciled into the position.

"Right now, Ryan has received offers from several SEC, ACC, and Michigan in the Big Ten," said Matthews (N.C.) Butler head football coach Mike Newsome. "Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee from the SEC [have offered]. In the ACC, [North] Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech [have offered]. Clemson and everybody else are looking at him.

"Pretty much talking to the coaches – I've talked to Coach [Daryl] Dickey at Florida State at the Shrine Bowl practice – and pretty much everybody has him up on the top of their board."

Houston, a 6-foot-2 240-pounder, is being recruited for running back, although he could easily play just about any position on the football field.

"They've all offered him as running back," said Newsome. "When they talk to me about him, they all mention the need for a real big ‘back."

With so much interest and a strong potential for more, Houston is fair from claiming favorites.

"I don't think [he has any favorites]," said Newsome. "He's as wide open as any kid I've ever had. He's not a kid that likes one school more than the others or talks about one school more than the others. Primarily, I think he's going to be one of those kids that's pretty much going to be wide open as far as the recruiting process goes."

Along with Newsome, Houston, who has already unofficially visited North Carolina, is planning to make plenty of campus visits during the spring with N.C. State's and South Carolina's junior days already scheduled.

Houston's summer looks to be just as hectic as it will be flooded by one-day camps including Michigan's, which he attended last summer.

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