Houston, a 6-foot-2 255-pounder from Matthews (N.C.) Butler, plans to take unofficial visits to Clemson, Florida, Miami, and Penn State, among others.
At this point, Houston isn't even currently claiming a leader, but has a high interest in the Tar Heels.
"I don't want to say I have a leader," said Houston. "I just feel like [a school] offers me [a scholarship], I want to check the campus out.
"North Carolina, they are always going to be in the top. It's in my home state so they really got an edge on everybody."
In addition to UNC, Houston is paying close attention to Clemson, Florida, Miami, and N.C. State.
The rumors began to circulate following Houston's appearance at North Carolina's three-day camp earlier this week.
"I just went up there supporting Justin Byers," said Houston. "I was just watching him and seeing how he was doing. You know, I'm looking out for one of my friends. We're looking to go to college together."
Currently, N.C. State is the only school to extend a scholarship offer to both Houston and Byers.
During his stay in Chapel Hill, Houston toured the facilities, observed running back drills, and spent plenty of time with the coaching staff.
"I wouldn't call it the red carpet treatment but I was feeling like I was one of their favorites because I was going around with Coach [John] Bunting," said Houston. "Coach Bunting drove me around the back of the golf cart. The coaches were all saying ‘Hey, Ryan you ready to come to Carolina?' So I was treated good while I was there."
As a junior at Matthews (N.C.) Butler High School, Houston rushed for 1,910 yards and 34 touchdowns earning All-Area honors.