Houston Playing Waiting Game

Before leaving for his Memphis official visit on Friday afternoon, Stephen Houston received a phone call from North Carolina assistant coach Art Kaufman.

"I haven't heard from [UNC] since I've been on my visit," Houston said. "I talked to Coach Kaufman for a little bit. He said he hasn't heard anything yet [regarding a possibility of a UNC offer]. I just think they haven't called and let me know something because I was on another visit."

According to Houston, UNC was waiting to see which school Savon Huggins would choose during his 5 p.m. press conference on Friday before deciding to offer him.

"[Kaufman] didn't say per say [UNC would offer me if Huggins picked Rutgers]," Houston said. "But he said I was the next best pick."

Houston, an Arkansas native, signed with Mississippi out of West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West High School in 2009, but was forced to head the JuCo route when he failed to qualify. He red-shirted his first season at Independence (Kan.) CC and thus has three years of eligibility remaining.

A week ago, Houston officially visited UNC for his only other official trip.

"The Memphis visit went well," Houston said. "They showed me a lot of love. I went out to a few places. The players and coaches treated me right."

One of the objectives of Houston's Memphis visit was to discover the status of a possible scholarship offer.

"They told me they were going to evaluate me with the whole coaching staff [Sunday night] and they would get back at me [on Monday]," Houston said.

Three days before National Signing Day, Houston's recruitment is up in the air.

"Right now, there's nothing that I can do," Houston said. "I still have three visits left, if I need them."

If Memphis and UNC decides to offer, Houston would have a "good" problem.

"I'd have to talk it over with my parents, because they play a big factor in my life and I want them to come watch me play," Houston said. "At this time, I don't know which way I would go."

The main attribute Houston is looking for in a school is playing time. Both Memphis and UNC say they have a significant amount of potential playing time to offer.

In his only season playing for Independence, this past season, Houston rushed for 1,082 yards and five touchdowns on 165 carries.

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