Houston, a 6-foot-3 255-pound tailback from Matthews (N.C.) Butler, considers himself a soft pledge to UNC and will explore what the Tigers, Cardinals, and Gators have to offer.
"Those are like the final four – all the rest [of the schools] can chill out," said Houston. "I'm still committed to Carolina right now, but those are the schools that have been recruiting me the hardest for a while."
Additionally, Houston has scheduled official visits with UNC (January 19th) and Louisville (January 12th). He's still in the process of working out a date to Clemson and has to reschedule his trip to Florida.
Houston welcomed his primary recruiter, John Holliday, for an impromptu in-home visit on Monday.
"There was a coaches meeting in downtown Charlotte, so he just stopped by," said Houston. "My mom wasn't there or anything. He was just talking to me about how they put Percy Harvin at tailback, because they don't have a running back down there. He said they're going to move him back to receiver as soon as they get a running back. He's going to bring Coach [Urban] Meyer in January [to my house for an in-home visit]."
Houston experienced a double header of in-home visits Tuesday night.
"Louisville impressed me the most," said Houston. "The running back coach, Coach [Greg] Nord, he came by and had all the runs that they do on a computer. He showed me how big Michael Bush is and how he can move. He told me that I'd be perfect for their offense.
"Clemson came after. They were just talking about basically how James Davis is leaving in a year, because he's going to the NFL. They need a Davis style running back, they only have speed backs now."
When Houston welcomes Davis and primary recruiter Dave Brock to his home tonight, the major topic of the evening will be assistant coaches.
"When Coach Bunting got fired, my commitment [became] soft because I liked all the coaches up there," said Houston. "I'm going to ask him tonight who he is bringing in for coaches. I'm not going to sign with a school where I don't know the coaches."
During his senior season, Houston rushed for 2,182 yards and 32 touchdowns on 375 carries.