Houston is Heels' Top RB Target

Despite rumors suggesting otherwise, Brian Maddox's decision last week to verbally commit to South Carolina had little to no effect on Ryan Houston's recruitment. After all, the big in-state star has been UNC's top running back target all along.

"It didn't affect me that much," said Houston. "Even if he would have went to [North] Carolina, I still would have looked at Carolina the same way. I've got to compete when I go to college anyway."

Apparently, Houston, a 6-foot-2, 255-pound tailback from Matthews (N.C.) Butler, is and has been the Tar Heels' number one target at tailback.

"North Carolina told me I'm the number one running back on their [recruiting] board," said Houston.

Recently, Houston received his thirteen scholarship offer, from Marshall. The Thundering Herd join Clemson, Florida, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, N.C. State, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech on his offers sheet.

The constant flow of new offers as well as a concentration on academics has forced Houston to once again reopen his recruitment.

"I was talking to my coach about it and he said ‘Just worry about your grades and we'll talk about it this summer,'" said Houston. "I don't have any favorites – I'm just putting everyone at the top."

The focus on academics has also limited Houston's unofficial visit opportunities this past spring.

Now, the rehabilitation of his hamstring will prevent him from participating in summer camps. He is, however, considering making cameo appearances at both Michigan's and North Carolina's camps.

Houston has also raised the priority of working out, after weighing in at 270 pounds at the Scout.com All-American Combine.

"Right now, I'm seeing a nutritionist and I work out four times a day," said Houston. "I get up at four [o'clock], run, take a shower, and then go to weightlifting [class]. After school I'll weight lift and head to the track.

"I'm eating a whole bunch of fruit and pasta. I'm not eating any fatty foods."

Currently, Houston is down to 255 pounds and is looking to slim down to 245 pounds prior to the start of his senior season. Last season, Houston played at 250 pounds.

A Scout.com four-star prospect, Houston is the 20th ranked defensive end in the nation by Scout.com, but is mostly being recruited as a tailback.

As a junior at Matthews (N.C.) Butler High School, Houston rushed for 1,910 yards and 34 touchdowns earning All-Area honors.

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