Houston Chooses Carolina

The Tar Heels have landed their top running back target - Ryan Houston. The Matthews (N.C.) Butler star announced his decision to attend North Carolina live on national television Friday. He is UNC's fourth four-star commitment already from the 2007 class.

"I'm going to go to North Carolina," Houston said on ESNPU Friday afternoon, while wearing a UNC hat, with hats on the table in front of him from Miami, Clemson and Florida.

"I like the coaching staff - Coach Cignetti is my buddy," he added.

"I just wanted to get it over with now," Houston said earlier in the week of his decision. "I don't want the school to offer another tailback.

"I talked to my coach, he said ‘That's where you want to be at?' I said ‘Yeah.' I talked to my mom, she said ‘Ok, is that where you want to be at?' I said ‘Yeah.'"

Houston, who stands 6-2, 255 pounds, chose the Tar Heels over offers from such schools as Clemson, Florida, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, NC State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

"It's just everything," said Houston of UNC. "I can see the program rising, and I'm cool with all the coaches and players."

He was on the Chapel Hill campus last week for Carolina's three-day individual camp.

"I like that it's real close to home," Houston commented recently. "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."

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

Scout.com ranks Houston as the No. 53 overall prospect in the Southeast and a Top 10 prospect in the state of North Carolina.

Related Links:
* Scouting Report: Ryan Houston
* Exclusive Video: Ryan Houston
* IC's 2007 Recruiting Board
* Ryan Houston Profile

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