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With interest coming from just about every Division I-A program in the region, Ryan Houston plans to use most of his spring and summer unofficially visiting campuses. The four-star recruit took his first trip to Chapel Hill a couple weeks ago.

"I took him up to [North] Carolina," said Matthews (N.C.) Butler head football coach Mike Newsome. "We went to the Carolina-Arizona basketball game. It was more of a thing for Ryan to come up and see the school. I want him to see as many schools as he can."

Houston, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound running back, already holds scholarship offers from Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

In addition to watching the basketball game and touring the campus, Houston met most of the Tar Heels' coaching staff.

"He got to go in and see all the coaches," said Newsome. "I know Coach [John] Bunting real well and [Houston] got to meet him. [Bunting] was just telling us that he's recruiting him, he's definitely been offered, they're really, really interested in him, and they want him to stay in-state and play for Carolina."

According to Newsome, Houston is completely wide open and most likely won't be making any sort of decision until later in the recruiting process.

The lucky school that lands Houston next February will gain a big powerful running back, who possesses rare ability for his size.

"I think his size is definitely an attribute," said Newsome. "He's got the size to go through a hole that he needs to go through. He's got great vision – he sees the hole exceptionally well. He's able to change direction and make people miss. You don't normally see that on a kid that's 240 pounds, but he's a heck of an athlete. He's going to be able things do things that a 180-pound ‘back can't do, and he's going to be able to do a lot of things that a 180-pound ‘back can do."

As a junior, Houston saw some reps at defensive end, but his importance on offense limited his plays on defense. He ended the 2005 season with 1,910 yards and 34 touchdowns helping Butler to a 10-3 record.

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