Heels Recruiting Houston the Hardest

Following Scout.com's All-American Combine on Sunday, Ryan Houston stopped by North Carolina to chat with the UNC staff.

"I was just chilling with Coach [John] Bunting," said Houston, the highly recruited, massive running back from Matthews (N.C.) Butler. "I promised him two games to come to next year [for unofficial visits], and I was looking at which games I'm going to come to. Right now, when they play Virginia Tech, I'm going to more than likely be there. When they play Clemson, they play at Clemson. I'm probably going to do that, because those are the two schools I'm also looking at so I might as well go to those games."

Houston was also briefed on the Tar Heels' new offensive system under new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti.

"I didn't really stay long, but we talked about what type of offense they are going to run next year," said Houston. "I talked to Coach [Frank] Cignetti about the different kinds of formations like the Pro Set."

While Houston maintains his openness to every offering school, North Carolina is making a good impression with their constant interest. The strong interest matched with its proximity has Houston visiting North Carolina's campus more than any other school.

"I'm still wide open, but [North] Carolina and Florida are the top two that are recruiting me the most so every time I get a chance to go to Carolina I'm going to go," said Houston. "Florida is recruiting me just as hard, but it's easier to go to Carolina because its two hours away. My top nine are all the schools that have offered me, but Carolina is also showing me a lot of interest, which is nice. I'm not going to say anybody is my leader right now, but they are recruiting me the most."

Besides the strong interest, Houston is attracted to North Carolina's location and conference affiliation.

"I like that it's real close to home," said Houston. "My mom can see me play and over the weekends I can come home when I want to. And the ACC, it's a good conference."

Thursday Houston will head to Florida for a four-day visit, and might unofficially visit Clemson Wednesday if his work schedule allows it. Houston plans to revisit Chapel Hill for the Tar Heels' spring game if he can balance his schedule with the Shrine Bowl Combines.

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