Houston Names Two Leaders

Since Signing Day back on February, North Carolina and Florida have been showing Ryan Houston "the most love" by recruiting the Scout.com four-star prospect the hardest. Houston has reciprocated the interest by naming the two schools his co-leaders.

"Right now, I'm going to say Florida and UNC are top two," said Houston. "They are the ones showing me the most interest."

Houston's interest has been further cemented by constant unofficial visits to Chapel Hill and his recent four-day stay in Gainesville to check out the Gators.

"I went to Florida during our spring break," said Houston. "It was good - I went to the practice and stuff. They are doing a lot of stuff there like in the weight room they are going to knock down some walls to make it bigger and it should be ready by the time I get down there if I go there."

During the trip Houston was joined by good friend Justin Byers, who Houston hopes to play with in college. The Queen City duo were able to experience the social aspects of Gainesville.

"We went to the beach one time and when Florida beat George Mason the whole town was going crazy," said Houston. "Me and my boy Justin Byers were walking around the campus during night time to see how it was. There's a lot of stuff to do down there. I don't think you'll run out of stuff to do."

On June 3rd Houston will revisit Florida for the Gators' special top recruits junior day. Although he missed toe Tar Heels' spring game to attend the Shrine Bowl Combine, he also figures to continue to make repeated unofficial visits to Chapel Hill.

Although Houston claims things are equal between both UNC and Florida, location might work in the Tar Heels' favor later down the line.

"With UNC, I like that it's real close to home," said Houston. "My family can see me play and over the weekends I can come home when I want to. I have a lot of friends there, too."

A close second to the Gators and Heels is every school that has extended Houston a scholarship offer. Thus far, that group includes Clemson, Michigan, N.C. State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Although listed at 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds, Houston is being recruited to play tailback by every offering school.

As a junior at Matthews (N.C.) Butler High School, Houston rushed for 1,910 yards and 34 touchdowns helping the Bulldogs to a 10-3 record.

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