Heels 'Moving Up' for Houston

Scout.com four-star recruit Ryan Houston was in Chapel Hill on Saturday for Junior Day and received the luxury of rubbing elbows with head coach John Bunting for the majority of the day.

"I was with Bunting most of the time," said Houston. "We were just hanging out and he was telling me about the offense. I was looking at the running backs. He was saying that they need a running back over there."

Houston, a 6-foot-2 240-pound tailback from Matthews (N.C.) Butler, also spoke in-depth about the offense with both running backs coach Andre Powell and the new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti.

"I talked to my positional coach and then I talked to the new offensive coordinator from Fresno State and we talked about the offense," said Houston. "He said they are going to run the ball and that's a good thing."

Although he still maintains he's open to every school that has extended a scholarship offer, the Tar Heels are apparently making positive progress.

"They're kind of moving up," said Houston. "After this visit, I see their players that they're bringing in [from the 2006 recruiting class] and they're going to be pretty good.

"We watched the spring practice, and it was exciting to see the players out there – and they looked pretty good. I didn't think they would look as good as they did."

Currently, Houston's options in addition to UNC include Clemson, Florida, Michigan, N.C. State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Next week Houston will visit Tennessee for the Volunteers' Junior Day.

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