UNC Interested in Ohio Athlete

North Carolina assistant coach Joe Robinson made an evaluation visit to Lyndhurst (Ohio) Brush on Wednesday to not only gather more information on Pharaoh Brown, but also learn more about Kevin Houchins, Jr.

Houchins has started at both wide receiver and defensive back, and handled return duties for Brush since his sophomore season. The 5-foot-10, 177-pounder ended his junior season with 50 tackles, eight pass breakups, and two interceptions (returned one for a touchdown) on defense, and averaged 4.7 yards a rush and 20 yards a catch on offense.

Additionally, Houchins is a major part of Brush's track team with a personal best 100-meter dash of 10.9 seconds.

Following Robinson's visit, Houchins spoke to him on the phone later that evening.

"He said they want to see me perform in camp to see how I play in person," Houchins said.

"He talked about how he'd like me for special teams. He thought I was a good kick returner. He thought I could make an impact on punt return and kick return. He liked that aspect to my game."

Houchins has accepted Robinson's invitation and plans on attending UNC's camp in June.

"I'm looking forward to going down there and being in warm weather for a change and seeing how it is down there," Houchins said. "I feel like I can fit into that program, because I've watched them play on TV. They've built their team on a combination of strength and speed – and that's how my game is."

UNC is recruiting Houchins as an "athlete" with a focus on cornerback.

"Kevin is extremely athletic," said his father and Brush assistant coach Kevin Houchins, Sr. "He's so versatile that some schools are looking at him as a corner and some schools are looking at him as a wide receiver or running back, because he excels everywhere. For a spread team, you can line him up at running back and move him around. On defense, he can play free [safety], he can play corner, and he can even play strong [safety]. His speed numbers at combines are ridiculous."

Besides UNC, Houchins is hearing from Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and West Virginia. None have offered.

"Some of them are like North Carolina and want me to come to camp," Houchins said.

Houchins is considering camping at Kentucky, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse, in addition to UNC.

This spring, Houchins attended junior days at Bowling Green, Kentucky, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Toledo. Through his visits, Pittsburgh has emerged as a favorite for Houchins.


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