Houston Committed, But Will Take Visits

Initially, Ryan Houston didn't believe the text message he received Sunday. It wasn't until he watched the news that night and read the newspaper the next morning that it truly sunk in that this was John Bunting's last season at North Carolina.

"When I committed to Carolina [in June], I didn't think Bunting was going to get fired," said Houston. "It was really a shock. I knew they were having a bad season this year, but I didn't know they were going to go up and release him. So I was kind of shocked."

Houston, a 6-foot-2, 255-pound tailback from Matthews (N.C.) Butler, is still committed to North Carolina, but the coaching change has opened things up a bit.

"I'm still committed to Carolina," said Houston. "I committed to play Carolina football, not ‘Coach Bunting Football.' I'm still firmly committed to Carolina, but I'm going to take more visits and check around, because I don't know what kind of coach they're going to bring in to Carolina.

"Coach Bunting wasn't the main reason, but he was one of the reasons I wanted to go to Carolina. I like his coaching style and I think he's a great coach. So, depending on who they bring in is going to effect my commitment."

The schools Houston is considering to now check out include Louisville, Clemson, Florida, and Tennessee.

"Those are the four schools that stayed in contact with me even though I committed [to UNC]," said Houston. "I think I'm just going to stick with those, because they stuck on me. Other teams dropped out on me, but they have started to come back now that I'm back on the market."

Recruiting wise, the next step for Houston is to schedule official visits. However, being a major part of a state championship contending team, he won't begin to set up trips until after his senior football season concludes.

Currently, Butler is off to an 8-1 record with Houston racking up 1,332 yards and 20 touchdowns on 215 carries.

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