Houston Misses Trips

Ryan Houston was supposed to make an unofficial visit to North Carolina the past two weekends. However, unforeseen circumstances – including illness – have prevented the 6-foot-2, 255-pound tailback from traveling to Chapel Hill.

"I haven't been up there since Virginia Tech [game]," said Houston. "After my football season is over, I'll think about going up there."

Matthews (N.C.) Butler is 11-2 and will host Charlotte (N.C.) Providence in a third round playoff match-up Friday. A win could lead to a rematch against archrival Charlotte (N.C.) Independence, who Butler lost to a month ago in double overtime.

"We can't really think about Independence right now, we have to think about Providence," said Houston. "I talked to Darryl [Vereen] the other day and that's all they were thinking about was Independence and that's why Davie County came back and beat North [Mecklenburg]. So we can't think about Independence, right now. Our focus is on Providence."

On the year, Houston has rushed for 1,908 yards and 28 touchdowns.

While his focus is on his senior football season, Houston remains committed to North Carolina. However, on the heels of UNC's change at head coach, other schools have increased their recruiting efforts.

"I'm still committed to Carolina," said Houston. "I don't know, yet [if I'll visit other schools]. I'm not doing anything with visits until after my football season is over."

Houston did admit that he has been in contact with Louisville and Florida.

As for North Carolina's new coach, Houston is reserving his judgments until after they speak.

"Everybody asks me my opinion [of Butch Davis], but I don't know him," said Houston. "I've heard about him, but I've just got to wait and see. I heard he's a good coach."

Houston has received text messages from current UNC assistants regarding meeting Butch Davis sometime in the coming weeks or after his football season ends.

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